Taco Bamba is a Mexican taqueria founded by award-winning chef Victor Albisu in 2013. It operates next to Plaza Latina in Falls Church, Virginia, a Latin market owned by Albisu’s mother.
Albisu also owns Del Campo, an upscale South American grill in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C. In 2013, it was named a Best New Restaurant by Esquire magazine. In 2015, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) named Albisu Chef of the Year.
Before pursing independent ventures, Albisu served as executive chef of BLT Steak in downtown D.C. While at the helm, Albisu cooked for President and Mrs. Obama and led the restaurant to earn several accolades, including RAMW’s Power Spot of the Year in 2012.
Outside the kitchen, Albisu is a member of the American Chef Corps, a network of chefs who serve as resources to the Department of State. Albisu also serves on the Chef Council for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation annual D.C. fundraiser, and he supports The First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative to end childhood hunger and improve food quality in schools across the United States. In 2015, Albisu competed on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay and bested the host and grill master with his signature dish, steak & eggs. Albisu has appeared as a guest judge on Telemundo’s Top Chef Estrellas and the FOX TV series Hell’s Kitchen.
Albisu is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu School in Paris. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations from George Mason University. He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons.