Mariela Rebollo of Barcelona On the Go, Part 1

Mariela Rebollo of Barcelona On the Go, Part 1EXPAND
Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela

We've interviewed the chefs of fancy places, we've interviewed the chefs of hidden holes in the wall, but we've never interviewed the chef of a food truck until now. Mariela Rebollo is the force in the mobile kitchen of Barcelona on the Go, a Spanish food truck that's been prowling the streets of OC serving up great tapas--all they need now is a wine permit. Tune in tomorrow for more questions, and Thursday for a recipe from the chef herself.

OC Weekly: What are six words to describe your food?

Mariela Rebollo: Fresh, traditional, simple, tasteful, quality ingredients, and good presentation.

OCW: What are ten words to describe you?

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MR: Innovative, detail-oriented, perfectionist, passionate, hard-working, professional, resourceful, serious, impatient, task-oriented.

OCW: What's your best recent food find?

MR: Can't think of one.

OCW: What's the most undervalued ingredient?

MR: Bay leaves.

OCW: Rules of conduct in your kitchens:

MR: Safety, freshness of ingredients, and staying customer-focused.

OCW: Is there one food you particularly detest?

MR: Durian.

OCW: Is there one food you can't live without?

MR: Good bread and chocolate.

OCW: Culinary speaking, Orange County has the best:

MR: Potential for great food and people to appreciate it.

OCW: What is your fast-food guilty pleasure and why?

MR: In-N-Out; it's family-owned, with a secret menu and respect for their employees.
OCW: What's your best culinary tip for home cooks?

MR: Don't be afraid to screw up, keep trying and learn from your mistakes. Keep it easy and don't be afraid to adapt recipes with what's on hand.

OCW: What's your after-work hangout?

MR: At home with my boys and husband.

OCW: If you could cook for one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

MR: Albert Einstein.

OCW: Who's your favorite celebrity chef?

MR: Ina Garten and José Andrés.

OCW: Celebrity chef who should shut up:

MR: Rachael Ray.

OCW: What's next for you?

MR: Continuing to acquire knowledge about food, using a variety of ingredients, and different cuisines.

OCW: What's your proudest moment as a chef?

MR: Launching a food truck.

OCW: What's your favorite music to cook by?

MR: I listen to all types of music while I cook.

OCW: What's the best food city in America?

MR: New York.

OCW: What's your favorite restaurant in America?

MR: Very hard to say, as there are many depending on the cuisine.

OCW: What would you like to see more of in Orange County from a culinary standpoint?

MR: More family-owned restaurants.

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