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In his ¡Hella Hungry! series, KQED reporter Alan Chazaro profiles Bay Area foodmakers and creative trendsetters who help shape the region’s unique culinary culture(s), whether they’re serving oxtail birria tacos at the back of a barbecue joint or all-day breakfast behind a hardware store. This Q&A column celebrates the array of culinary workers who embody the Bay Area’s most colorful, diverse and unexpected flavors, allowing them to share their stories in their own words.

A group of friends pose for a photo while sitting at a table at a restaurant.
(Photo by Briana Chazaro; design by Rebecca Kao)

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