Chef Andres was raised with a passion for food, instilled by his grandma, “Ya-Ya,” who showed Andres so much love through the food she cooked. Warm pots of soup and fresh baked bread always inspire nostalgic memories for Andres. But entering the industry after graduating culinary school, Andres found that the fine dining scene was far from the warm memories that Ya-Ya cultivated. Food wasn’t love, it was just thankless hard work. Working in kitchens of high-end hotels like The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, and Grand Del Mar Hotels in Chicago, San Francisco, and San Diego, Chef Andres was paying his dues like so many in the industry do—working long hours, getting yelled at by stressed-out bosses, and being constantly underappreciated and exposed to the toxic culture that underlies the restaurant industry. But he didn’t want to be just another stressed-out head chef making life miserable for young cooks working their way through the ranks. Instead, he branched out on his own to start his own business as a personal chef.
Now Chef Andres is able to share the love his grandmother shared with him through the foods he loves. His business now handles 30-40 cook events per month, and he doesn’t even have to do any more of the cooking! He’s able to pay his team well and give them the lives they deserve while enjoying more flexibility to share his passion and knowledge with fellow chefs by launching Chefpreneur. After creating a business and a lifestyle that he once thought was impossible, Chef Andres feels as though he’s been called upon by God to share this knowledge with all the cooks and chefs out there who need it. Outside of work, Andres savors the freedom he now has to spend plenty of time with his wife and five daughters at their home near Atlanta, GA.