Show 398, November 7, 2020: Chef Josh Lozano of Uprising OC, the creator of Rebel Cheesecake

Josh Lozano of Uprising OCWhen enterprising Chef Josh Lozano (ex-The Mayor’s Table and Toast Kitchen & Bakery) found himself furloughed last March he spent time perfecting his baking craft and formed Uprising OC. Along the way he developed his popular, word of mouth cheesecake, Rebel Cheesecake, that has been on the menu at Heritage BBQ in San Juan Capistrano.

Chef Josh now conducts a regular Weekend Pop-Up (daytime) at The Royal Hen on Balboa Island featuring his array of baked goods and Zonzo gourmet coffee. The assortment changes weekly but think Coffee Cake with Tehachapi Grain sponge cake, cinnamon crumble and Zonzo coffee filling. Also Apple Rye Pie with mixed apples, sharp cheddar and caraway seeds. Josh has also collaborated with award-winning Brewmaster Ian McCall of Riip Beer Co. on Say Cheese & Die Cheesecake Ale which is available for a limited time on nitro at Riip Beer Co’s taproom in Huntington Beach.

Lozano is additionally the coordinating chef for an upcoming fundraising dinner on November 19th with eight standout guest chefs preparing six courses at Vacation Bar in Santa Ana benefiting the upcoming 9th Annual Turkey Drive by the Chicano Mentoring Association.

Thanks to Anne Marie Panoringan, the Voice of OC’s well-informed food maven, for initially bringing Josh to our attention.