Get To Know Chef Cesar Pinacho

Welcome to The FIFTH Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, your favorite neighborhood place to relax and unwind, while having a front row seat to one of the best firework shows in the nation put on by the Disneyland® Resort. Executive Chef Cesar Pinacho is the mastermind behind the inspired American Traditional menu and we recently had the opportunity to sit down with him and get to know him a bit better:

Chef Cesar Pinacho

Q: What inspires you when writing recipes?

A: Keeping up with the latest food trends, dining out, and reading books by my favorite Chef, Chef Auguste Scoffier.

Q: What is always in your fridge?

A: Basil, lemon, and butter. Basil elevates flavors, lemon creates a balance of flavors, and butter (although considered to be under-rated for many Chef’s) is a very important ingredient I use to help finish off a lot of my sauces and dishes.

Q: On a night where you stay in at home, what is your go – to meal to make?

A: Anything with seafood! It’s versatile and lends itself to a lot of flavors.

Q: What is one ingredient that you could not live without?

A: I enjoy cooking with pretty much every ingredient, we are in a world of flavor, but it would be disrespectful not to have garlic, spices, and kosher salt. Of course, as always, my Pepper Mill is never far off from when I cook.

Q: What is your favorite menu thing on the menu at The FIFTH?

A: I am a fan of all our menu items, but without hesitation, the Drunken Donuts is my all-time favorite! You can enjoy them at any time of the day, they always seem to pick me up and taste so good. What could be better than donuts and tequila!?



FAVORITE Cocktail: Any drink with coffee liqueurs.

FAVORITE Comfort Food: Bacon Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, Thousand Island salad dressing, and a side of seasoned french fries. It’s versatile and easy to eat – even when you are on the go!

FAVORITE Culinary Destination: Any destination around the Mitterrand Basin. I am a huge fan of Mediterranean cuisine – the region spans a wide variety of cultures with distinct cuisines, in particular: Greek, Italian, Provencal French, and Spanish.

FAVORITE Night at The FIFTH: I love our Tiki Tuesday nights! The diversity of our crowd, our Tiki cocktails and Tiki food menu, the live music, and our team all dressed in their Hawaiian shirts makes for good times.

Tiki Tuesday at The FIFTH

Thank you, Chef Cesar for sitting down with us and allowing us to get to know you better! Join us at The FIFTH to try out our popular menu items, including our: Crafted Burger, Buffalo Chicken Flatbread, Steak Salad, and so much more! Every seat is the best seat in the house with a view unlike any other! Make your reservations and leave the rest to us!