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Homaro Cantu Ventures Into Healthy Junk Food

By Sarah Freeman  |  September 20, 2013

Inspired by his two children, chef Homaro Cantu (Moto and iNG) wants to eat like a kid again. And he's not talking about the messy way kids physically eat. 

Instead, he wants to eat with the carefree abandonment of a child who does not have to worry about what they're consuming, whether it be calories, gluten or chemicals. According to an interview with Crain’s, Cantu is working on a bakery and coffee shop that will serve healthy treats, including sugar-free and gluten-free options. “I grew up on junk food and loved it,” Cantu told Crains. “My fascination now is being able to take junk food and make it good for you.” 

The 1,200-square-foot quick-service restaurant will also include an indoor farm near the entrance, so guests can pick fresh herbs to be made into smoothies. If the concept is successful, Cantu and his business partner plan to open several similar venues over the next ten years.