Oh Captain, My Captain: Cary Grider

Oh Captain, My Captain: Cary Grider by Dave Mattern, Operating Partner & Director of Beverage Cary Grider grew up all over the place. His father was a high school Administrator/Principal and went wherever he was needed. Cary was born in Nebraska, moved to Oklahoma and finally made it to Texas when his father moved the…

A Deep Dive on the Amazing Chef Travis Barnes

A Deep Dive on the Amazing Chef Travis Barnes Chef Travis moved to Boca Raton at a young age with his mother. When she remarried, his stepfather introduced him to free dive spearfishing — free diving and spear fishing are two separate things that can be combined. Free diving is diving without the use of…

The Conan Chronicles – Samir Canaan, Director of Culinary Operations

“There is always a way, if the desire be coupled with courage,” answered the Cimmerian. Samir Canaan (Sammy) is an incredibly important part of Truluck’s Restaurant Group. That’s a fact. He’s also a chef with an unusual story that speaks to his dedication to his family, craft, and continual growth. Although we affectionately call him…

Meet the Unstoppable Chef Misael Ramirez

Meet the Unstoppable Chef Misael Ramirez Misael is one of the kindest and most diligent human beings that we’ve ever met. It’s an absolute pleasure to work with him. His passion is unmatched, and as we talk about his story you’ll understand why. Chef Ramirez grew up on a small ranch in El Salvador with…

Chef Partner Paigton Wilson
“Master P”

Passionately Serving Exquisite Cuisine with a Smile Chef Paigton Wilson is our Chef Partner at our Southlake, Texas location. She has almost three years under her belt as the leader of our culinary team and has done a phenomenal job. As always, let’s do a little backstory and get some insight into her history and…

The Remarkable Journey of Chef Partner Odel Arencibia

The Remarkable Journey of Chef Partner Odel Arencibia When I usually write a story, I try to inject a little humor. This time, we’re going to do things a little differently. I’m going to report the exact story that I heard from our chef in Miami. His name is Odel Arencibia and, after over a…

Chef Partner Michael Cerny: The Calm Without the Storm

The Calm Without the Storm Throughout my 27 years in professional kitchens, I’ve seen and suffered a lot of different management styles – from the outright hostile, to the passive aggressive, to total apathy, to a “the sky is falling” mentality. And in my personal experience, there’s only one style that really works. The road…

From Texas to the Midwest, Meet Chef Partner Shane Flynn

Shane Flynn, Chef Partner We are lucky to work with a number of highly skilled leaders with incredibly diverse backgrounds. As the newest chef-partner among the ranks, Chef Flynn gets the honor of being the guinea pig for this kind of feature.  I have known and worked with Shane for almost a decade and was…

Family Matters – Chef Partner Manuel Vera

“Some people don’t believe in heroes, but they haven’t met my dad.” – Unknown “Starched, creased, suited and booted” – Chef Manny Vera Manuel (Manny) Vera has been with the Truluck’s Restaurant Group since 1998. He’s a chef partner, strong leader, and runs a kitchen that I’d be happy to eat off the floor of….

Chef Johnson Olawunmi, Our Rock

Chef Johnson Olawunmi is one of, if not, the very-first member hired to the Truluck’s team. He started before our first Truluck’s location was even open. He is one of the most kind, shy, loving, and loyal person that I have ever met. Johnson moved to the United States in 1979 from Nigeria with a…