The Valle Family

Meet “La Familia de Valle” – a team of creative and passionate individuals ready to welcome you to a unique and memorable dining experience.

Roberto Alcocer

Executive Chef

Baja native Roberto Alcocer helms Valle, the first and only Michelin-starred restaurant in Oceanside, California, and Malva, a long-acclaimed culinary destination in Valle de Guadalupe. With more than 20 years of experience cooking across Mexico and in Michelin-starred kitchens in France and Spain, Alcocer has been at the forefront of Baja Mexican cuisine, crafting vibrant, playful fare that has become a hallmark of his work. At Valle, Alcocer lends his distinct perspective on the region’s food and wine to a seasonally inspired, California-sourced tasting menu served in an elevated setting, creating an intriguing juxtaposition of modern Mexican dining against the carefree energy of Oceanside’s surf and skate community. In 2023, Alcocer led Valle to receive a Michelin star shortly after opening the restaurant in October 2021.


Raul Casillas

Chef de Cuisine

Chef de Cuisine Raul Casillas was born and raised in San Diego, where throughout his life he frequently ventured across the border to Baja. With Mexican roots on both sides of his family, his passion for cooking started at a young age, watching his grandmother make flour tortillas by hand. Chef Raul graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Las Vegas where he then worked under Chef José Andrés at Jaleo and Chef Joël Robuchon at L’Atelier. He brings his culinary prowess to Valle after working at Malva in Valle de Guadalupe under Chef Victor Garcia and Chef Roberto Alcocer, learning the secrets of Valle cuisine. Starting as a cook and working his way up to Sous Chef in high profile kitchens, Chef Raul’s culinary pedigree has given him extensive experience that he now uses commanding the back of house at Valle.