Squid  Pea Salad

Jaime Chavez’s cooking builds on the philosophy of respect for tradition and simple flavors.

Signature recipe: Squid & Pea Salad

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Before rising star chef Jaime Chavez arrived to guide the kitchen of Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood in San Diego, the 30-year-old spent time working at El Cingle just outside Barcelona. At the time, El Cingle embraced a modern, avant garde movement that included molecular cuisine, much to the chagrin of Maria, the executive chef’s mother. She favored traditional Catalan dishes as did Chavez, who believed in her philosophy of respect for tradition. She taught him many traditional dishes, inc

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