Chef Katy Velazquez Brings Her Mexican Cuisine Expertise to Fast-Casual Company
QDOBA Mexican Eats® Adds New Corporate Executive Chef to Culinary Team
SAN DIEGO – July 16, 2019 – QDOBA Mexican Eats® announces the addition of Katy Velazquez to its culinary team as corporate executive chef. Velazquez is recognized for being one of the most innovative chefs within the Mexican cuisine category. In her new role, she will lead continued evolution of QDOBA’s flavorful menu.
“Katy is an extremely talented chef with an impressive background and we’re eager to have her dive in to developing new menu concepts,” said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA. “We take pride in using bold flavors to create freshly prepared entrées in our restaurants every day, and with the addition of Katy we look forward to taking QDOBA to a whole new level.”
Velazquez draws inspiration for her cooking from the emotional reaction she has eating her mother-in-law’s traditional Mexican dishes and the flavors and textures she enjoys from her travels to Mexico.
“I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Yucatan several times in the past few years and fell in love. I’ve had some of the most memorable meals of my life ranging from fine dining to street tacos,” said Velazquez. “I’m excited to join QDOBA and bring that passion for Mexican cuisine to this amazing team. I have so many ideas and can’t wait to begin testing out new concepts and to create a space that is the beating heart of QDOBA flavor.”
Velazquez, an Irvine native, lived in Chicago for three years where she honed her skills with respected chef-restaurateur, Rick Bayless. Velazquez served as the kitchen director for Bayless’ hit PBS series, “Mexico – One Plate at a Time;” oversaw development of his cookbook, “More Mexican Everyday;” and was the culinary director of Bayless’ podcast, “The Feed.” Following her move back to California in 2016, Velazquez served for three years as the executive creative chef at Puesto, a contemporary, artisan Mexican restaurant with several locations throughout Southern California.
To learn more QDOBA’s menu or find a location, visit www.QDOBA.com.
About QDOBA Mexican Eats® QDOBA Mexican Eats is a leading fast-casual Mexican chain with more than 700 restaurants located across the United States and in Canada. Committed to serving quality, freshly prepared entrées, the brand makes a range of menu items in its restaurants’ kitchens daily. Guests are encouraged to experience QDOBA’s delicious flavors by enjoying one of the brand’s signature meals or by customizing their burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, salads, quesadillas, nachos and tortilla soup to fit their personal tastes. In 2019, QDOBA was voted the “Best Fast Casual Restaurant” as part of the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Discover more at www.QDOBA.com or on the QDOBA app, which is available for download on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Fans can also connect with QDOBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.