Chef Tats: In Their Own Words

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​This week's feature, Chef Tats, focuses on a new breed of chefs in the restaurant industry: those who are vibrantly and stunningly decorated with ink. No more starched white chef's jackets -- these chefs are young, brash and have a story to tell, both with their food and with their bodies.

We've been taking a closer look at some of the chefs who were featured in our cover story and a few who weren't, to let them tell the stories behind their tattoos in their own words.

Our second chef is a young Houston native who has only been helming his own restaurant (with partner Chuck Bulnes) since last November, but who's made a huge splash in that time with his twist on coastal Mexican cuisine at Yelapa Playa Mexicana. L.J. Wiley took up meditation in college and explains the significance of the tattoo on his forearm in the video below.


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