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Former Hooters chef's new concept is Asian-Latin fusion

Former Hooters chef's new concept is Asian-Latin fusion

Chef-owner Scott Kinsey opened Taqueria Tsunami with an Asian-Latin fusion

Take Korean-style marinated beef and put it in a corn tortilla and you have the latest trend in fusion food, popularized by the Kogi fleet of trucks that started selling its tacos in Los Angeles in 2008.

The Asian-Latin combination is also part of the inspiration for Taqueria Tsunami, a two-unit concept in Atlanta that has achieved both critical and financial success.

Chef-owner Scott Kinsey opened the first Taqueria Tsunami location, a 115-seat restaurant in the city’s Buckhead neighborhood, last July, followed by a second location, with 100 seats, in the suburb of Marietta in November.

Kinsey is a former corporate chef for Romano’s Macaroni Grill and, most recently, Hooter’s of America. “Hooters was a fun environment and a corporate environment, but from a culinary side it did not fulfill what I was looking for and what I needed,” he said of his transition.

However, his position at both Hooter’s and Macaroni Grill parent Brinker International did require that he travel to Asia and Latin America a fair amount. “Every time I got to go on one of those trips, I’d stay a couple extra days and get to know the local cuisine,” he said.


By Kathleen Furore

Have you ever heard of a Baco?

This hybrid of a taco and the Asian bun called a bao is just one example that shows how fusion fare is reshaping the culinary landscape, creating completely new flavor combinations and dishes along the way.

The Baco is a hit on the menu at Saucy Porka, a fast casual Asian-Latin fusion


By Kathleen Furore

Have you ever heard of a Baco?

This hybrid of a taco and the Asian bun called a bao is just one example that shows how fusion fare is reshaping the culinary landscape, creating completely new flavor combinations and dishes along the way.

The Baco is a hit on the menu at Saucy Porka, a fast casual Asian-Latin fusion


By Kathleen Furore

Have you ever heard of a Baco?

This hybrid of a taco and the Asian bun called a bao is just one example that shows how fusion fare is reshaping the culinary landscape, creating completely new flavor combinations and dishes along the way.

The Baco is a hit on the menu at Saucy Porka, a fast casual Asian-Latin fusion


By Kathleen Furore

Have you ever heard of a Baco?

This hybrid of a taco and the Asian bun called a bao is just one example that shows how fusion fare is reshaping the culinary landscape, creating completely new flavor combinations and dishes along the way.

The Baco is a hit on the menu at Saucy Porka, a fast casual Asian-Latin fusion


By Kathleen Furore

Have you ever heard of a Baco?

This hybrid of a taco and the Asian bun called a bao is just one example that shows how fusion fare is reshaping the culinary landscape, creating completely new flavor combinations and dishes along the way.

The Baco is a hit on the menu at Saucy Porka, a fast casual Asian-Latin fusion


By Kathleen Furore

Have you ever heard of a Baco?

This hybrid of a taco and the Asian bun called a bao is just one example that shows how fusion fare is reshaping the culinary landscape, creating completely new flavor combinations and dishes along the way.

The Baco is a hit on the menu at Saucy Porka, a fast casual Asian-Latin fusion


By Kathleen Furore

Have you ever heard of a Baco?

This hybrid of a taco and the Asian bun called a bao is just one example that shows how fusion fare is reshaping the culinary landscape, creating completely new flavor combinations and dishes along the way.

The Baco is a hit on the menu at Saucy Porka, a fast casual Asian-Latin fusion


By Kathleen Furore

Have you ever heard of a Baco?

This hybrid of a taco and the Asian bun called a bao is just one example that shows how fusion fare is reshaping the culinary landscape, creating completely new flavor combinations and dishes along the way.

The Baco is a hit on the menu at Saucy Porka, a fast casual Asian-Latin fusion


By Kathleen Furore

Have you ever heard of a Baco?

This hybrid of a taco and the Asian bun called a bao is just one example that shows how fusion fare is reshaping the culinary landscape, creating completely new flavor combinations and dishes along the way.

The Baco is a hit on the menu at Saucy Porka, a fast casual Asian-Latin fusion


By Kathleen Furore

Have you ever heard of a Baco?

This hybrid of a taco and the Asian bun called a bao is just one example that shows how fusion fare is reshaping the culinary landscape, creating completely new flavor combinations and dishes along the way.

The Baco is a hit on the menu at Saucy Porka, a fast casual Asian-Latin fusion


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