Meet the Unstoppable Chef Misael Ramirez

Meet the Unstoppable Chef Misael Ramirez by Brian Wubbena, Director of Culinary Misael is one of the kindest and most diligent human beings that I’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…

The Conan Chronicles by Chef Brian Wubbena

“There is always a way, if the desire be coupled with courage,” answered the Cimmerian. Samir Canaan (Sami) is an incredibly important part of the 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…

The Remarkable Journey of Chef Odel Arencibia

The Remarkable Journey of Chef Odel Arencibia by Brian Wubbena, Director of Culinary   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…

Chef Partner Paigton Wilson
“Master P”

Passionately Serving Exquisite Cuisine with a Smile By Chef Brian Wubbena, Director of Culinary 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…

Truluck’s Superstar: Brad Moss

Truluck’s Superstar: Brad Moss by Brian Wubbena, Director of Culinary Brad Moss is Chef at our Naples location and a man of very few words. That isn’t a bad thing – some of the best kitchens are run by chefs who create a quiet and calming environment. You might remember that Sammy the Barbarian was…

Chef Michael Cerny: The Calm Without the Storm

The Calm Without the Storm By Brian Wubbena, Director of Culinary 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…

Chef Brian Moran aka B-MO

by Brian Wubbena, Director of Culinary The food in La Jolla is fantastic, and Truluck’s is no exception thanks to Chef Brian Moran (affectionately known as B-MO), Sous Chef Stephanie Lechuga, and the talented culinary team they have put together. After years of kitchen gloom, we have finally found our forever chef in Brian Moran….

From Texas to the Midwest, Meet Chef 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…

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…

The Many Sides of Kim Vazquez

The Many Sides of Kim Vazquez Kim was born in Bay City, Michigan as her family has been there for generations. Her father worked in the computer tech industry and her mother in event planning. Kim started dipping her toes in the industry from a young age, as she would attend annual hospitality conventions with…