Proud of his Guadalajara roots, he wants his creations and drive to honor the food of his homeland. There he runs Alcalde, the finest restaurant in Guadalajara.


Francisco “Paco” Ruano opened his restaurant Alcalde in Guadalajara. Today it is regarded as the best restaurant in the city.

In his own words, he describes how his interest in gastronomy began with the “typical cliché”: the child who cooks at home with his mother and grandmother.

When he finished high school, he studied gastronomy in Guadalajara. He worked in Puerto Vallarta with Thierry Blouet at the Café des Artistes and in Mexico City at Tezka; however, it was working in a cruise company where he learned the discipline demanded of a chef.

Mikel Alonso and Pablo San Román encouraged him to study more, so he went to Europe to enroll in the Luis Irizar’s school, one of the most prestigious in Spain. In Europe he worked in some of the best restaurants in the world, such as Mugaritz and El Celler de Can Roca, in Spain, and at Noma, in Denmark, where he met his friend Jorge Vallejo, with whom he worked at Quintonil when he returned to Mexico.

In 2013 his dream of opening his own restaurant in the land of his birth came true. Alcalde is defined by “honest cuisine,” which refers to simplicity, sincerity, and respect for what is genuine as its key elements.

My sole objective is to pay homage to the cuisine, flavors, and ingredients of Guadalajara
Francisco Ruano