Javier is a punk from the backyards of East LA and Boyle Heights who became obsessed with food culture when he moved to the San Gabriel Valley as a teenager. (He spent two years ditching classes and getting drunk at school at Garfield High School, then two years being a good kid at Alhambra High School, where he barely graduated.)
Since then, he's been professionally writing about food, music, and culture. He is the former restaurant scout for Jonathan Gold and also worked as the West Coast Staff Writer for Vice MUNCHIES. His work has been featured in over a dozen publications such as Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Saveur, The Washington Post, and LA Times. At 29 years old, he published his first starred restaurant review for the (old) LA Weekly.
He is currently the Associate Editor for L.A. Taco, working as a traveling taco researcher for Netflix, and is finishing up his first cookbook that will be published by Abrams Books in 2019.