5 Questions with … Chef Ross Pangilinan

The chef-owner of highly acclaimed O.C. restaurants Mix Mix in Santa Ana and Terrace by Mix Mix in Costa Mesa is Michelin-honored yet grounded.
Chef Ross Pangilinan Mix Mix Santa Ana Costa Mesa
Chef Ross Pangilinan outside his restaurant, Terrace by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

Photo by Emily J. Davis.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I was born in Tennessee and am a Tennessee Titans fan.

WHAT’S YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE?

An Old-Fashioned, made with good whiskey—such as High West. It’s smooth and not the most expensive.

CAN YOU SHARE A SECRET TALENT?

In my teens, I was a semipro skateboarder.

WHAT’S IN YOUR HOME FREEZER?

Chicken nuggets, frozen bananas, desserts from Trader Joe’s.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN O.C.?

Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Costa Mesa where James (chef-owner) just feeds me. I sit, have a beer, and he sends food out.

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