Chef Features

The Chef Feature Section: Interviews and more.

  • JUNE 2010 Chef Feature

    At Mission Restaurant Supply we have a lot of love for our customers. Every individual in our company is dedicated to our community and to each other. That's why we decided that we wanted to feature chefs around the country that we have had the honor of getting to know on a personal level and that we believe have truly influenced the foodservice industry in a very positive way. These individuals are pioneers in the kitchen and beyond. They are not only determined to deliver an incredible experience, but also dedicated to the well being of their guests and staff. IMG_943622Chef Gabriel Diaz is amazing. Why? He works harder than anyone I know, he's incredibly humble, and his food is insanely good. Not to mention he plans to take on an even heavier work load in the coming weeks and he doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon. "When I'm at home my time is spent with my family, but when I'm at work my time is spent figuring out what I can do next. I'm always experimenting, and teaching, and implementing." Just recently when the chefs of The Lion & Rose were asked who was interested in heading the new catering program Chef Diaz jumped at the opportunity. He told us that the best part of his job is being a part of the growth. "The more the company grows, the more I grow. By taking on the new catering program, I had a chance to develop my cooking skills even more." The Lion & Rose doesn't plan on taking baby steps either. With five successful stores opened in two different cities in just five short years there's no reason to hold back. The Lion & Rose concept was one the first of its kind in San Antonio, which paved the way for immediate expansion and a huge fan base. In the coming months, Chef Diaz and his team plan to take on a number of different projects to ensure a solid presence in San Antonio and beyond. "We have five restaurants, a catering program, a brand new tea-time menu, we provide room service to a local hotel, we make deliveries, and we host events. On top of that we have a community that supports us because we have an owner that believes in supporting the community. He's very generous," Diaz told us.IMG_94088 The Lion & Rose supports a long list of organizations by giving charitable donations, hosting quarterly dinners for the Wounded Warriors of San Antonio, participating the yearly Renaissance Festival for St. Francis Church, supporting the Race for the Cure, and getting involved with sports teams across the state. It really is quite amazing how such a small team of dedicated foodservice professionals can take on so much. According to Chef Diaz, "You have to just get out of your comfort zone, step into the fire, and empower yourself. I personally kind of like the fire - it excites me. It works for me and for this business." If you would like to visit The Lion & Rose British Restaurant & Pub or learn more about the venue, please visit their site at: http://www.thelionandrose.com/ or call 210.878.0034. Thank you to Chef Diaz and his amazing team for their time and efforts. If you know of a chef that you would like to see featured, please contact us at: laurenb@missionrs.com (210) 354-0690 ext. 243
  • MAY 2010 Chef Feature

    At Mission Restaurant Supply we have a lot of love for our customers. Every individual in our company is dedicated to our community and to each other. That's why we decided that we wanted to feature chefs around the country that we have had the honor of getting to know on a personal level and that we believe have truly influenced the foodservice industry in a very positive way. These individuals are pioneers in the kitchen and beyond. They are not only determined to deliver an incredible experience, but also dedicated to the well being of their guests and staff. Chef MartinezAfter frequenting Papa Louie's Diner since it opened in December and realizing how incredible the food was, I knew that we had to feature Chef Martinez. I have never met a chef that remembered every single one of his guest's names and where they were from. On top of that, he remembers what they order and how they like their food prepared. He even greets his guests out on the sidewalk right outside of his small family-owned restaurant in Southtown. He told us that, "San Antonio is big on tourism, but getting the locals attention is always important. They come back over and over, and that's what I want." His style of cooking didn't come from San Antonio though - it was actually greatly influenced by the food and culture he experienced while living in Chicago. "I love the music, the food, the people, the nightlife," he said, "I wanted to bring that to my venue here." Living in Chicago is actually what inspired Chef Martinez to go to culinary school in the first place at CIC (Culinary Institute of Chicago) in 2000. Nearly ten years later, Papa Louie's was born and has become a local hotspot in San Antonio. The food and atmosphere are outstanding and everything is made to order. "I don't believe in making food come out super fast. I believe in quality and consistency, and I've found that guests are willing to wait because they end up enjoying a great meal that was prepared exactly how they wanted it. I am in the kitchen 100% of the time when orders are coming in." Chef Martinez also mentioned that he loves being involved in his community and making the most out of his restaurant's locale. In the coming months he plans to host tequila tastings with another local shop, get involved with local charities, and host events that bring out the essence of Southtown and the King William district. "You have to support your community if you want it to support you." He couldn't be more right. One of the best things about Southtown and King William is that the community comes together on a regular basis to help others and plan big events that the whole city enjoys. "Locals love seeing you out and about and seeing that you're involved in community activities. I buy a lot of fruits and veggies from 'produce row' down the street and I frequent other local restaurants and bars so I run into my restaurant guests from time to time." There's no denying that downtown residents of San Antonio are excited about Chef Martinez's presence and the growth of Papa Louie's Diner. In five short months, Papa Louie's has received great reviews and wonderful comments about its unique style and food. It's definitely safe to assume that this local diner is going to be around for a long time. If you would like to visit Papa Louie's Diner or learn more about the venue, please contact them at: papalouies@att.net or call 210.532.3115 Thank you to Chef Martinez and his amazing team for their time and efforts. If you know of a chef that you would like to see featured, please contact us at: laurenb@missionrs.com (210) 354-0690 ext. 243
  • APRIL 2010 Chef Feature

    At Mission Restaurant Supply we have a lot of love for our customers. Every individual in our company is dedicated to our community and to each other. That's why we decided that we wanted to feature chefs around the country that we have had the honor of getting to know on a personal level and that we believe have truly influenced the foodservice industry in a very positive way. These individuals are pioneers in the kitchen and beyond. They are not only determined to deliver an incredible experience, but also dedicated to the well being of their guests and staff. Filet
    We thought it would only be appropriate to feature Chef Boatman and his team at Silo Elevated Cuisine for our very first Chef Feature. Never have we found a more humble man or group of 'culinarians' (they refuse to use the terms "executive chef" and "cooks" in their kitchen). Their 'culinarians' are dedicated to making dishes that are delicious and breathtaking all while working closely together and learning from one another. "I believe my values and work ethic have influenced my staff well," says Boatman, "I do not ask them to do anything that I am not doing or will not do with them." Chef Boatman said that his favorite part of the job is the creative aspect and his unlimited ability to influence his staff. "We lead trends, not follow them." That statement couldn't be more accurate. Silo Elevated Cuisine's menu has a wide variety of options, from duck spring rolls and Black Angus beef lettuce wraps to Chilean sea bass and chicken fried oysters over pasta. They never cease to amaze.
    Boatman believes that a chef has to remember how they got to where they are and how they are going to anticipate the needs and tastes of their guests. To him, the best way to do that by changing products frequently to make sure that everything is high quality. "Our goal is a true dining experience," he says, "In today's world everyone goes out to eat, but an 'experience' is being able to have a great meal, great service, and great entertainment all in one place. We back this up with staff and the best quality product."
    Not only are Chef Boatman and his crew focused on excellence in the work place, they are also devoted to their community. The team at Silo helps raise money for the SA YES Foundation, which provides school supplies and scholarships to low income students in the San Antonio and South Texas areas. They also take part in other educational programs that benefit culinary students. When asked what he would suggest to other restaurant chefs and managers, Chef Boatman replied, "Today we have taken a few steps back in time. Right now we are having to be more productive than we ever have with these economic times. Hire the right people and move on the ones that do not fit your values. It is better to have a quality team than a team on quantity." If you would like to visit Silo Elevated Cuisine or learn more about the venue, please visit their site at: http://www.siloelevatedcuisine.com/ Thank you to Chef Boatman and his amazing team for their time and efforts. If you know of a chef that you would like to see featured, please contact us at: laurenb@missionrs.com (210) 354-0690 ext. 243

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