Two Peninsula chefs have teamed up to bring elevated fast-casual food to San Mateo’s Hillsdale Shopping Center, a mall they’ve been frequenting for years.

Chef-partners Jeremy Cheng and Randy Magpantay, both graduates of the California Culinary Academy, have finally held a proper grand opening for their Winner Winner Hot Chicken — an eatery that they launched in March but then had to scale back because of the pandemic. They pivoted to feeding first responders and offering limited takeout.

In San Mateo, Randy Magpantay and Jeremy Cheng are serving a chef-driven menu at Winner Winner Hot Chicken, located in the dining court at Hillsdale Shopping Center. (Photo courtesy of Winner Winner Hot Chicken)

Full menu highlights now include Nashville Style Hot Chicken, made with air-chilled, antibiotic-free chicken (available by the piece, as tenders, in sandwiches and salads); a vegan Barry’s Bowl inspired by Barry’s Bootcamp; a rotating menu of desserts made in-house; plus Bay Area beers and California wines.

“We take our heat levels seriously,” the chefs say on the website. Customers can order medium, spicy and extra spicy, “or hot as cluck,” as they call it. There’s naturally also a classic version, with no heat.

Cheng’s culinary experience includes Town in San Carlos, Milagros in Redwood City and Nola in Palo Alto; Magpantay has cooked for Chef Fitness and William Jay Catering, both based in San Mateo, and King’s Sandwich Co. in South San Francisco.

Winner Winner, located in the mall’s dining terrace, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 pm. Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Details: 60 31st Ave., San Mateo; www.winnerchicken.net

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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