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 Paigton Wilson
“Master P”

Passionately Serving Exquisite Cuisine with a Smile By Chef Brian Wubbena, Director of Culinary Chef Paigton Wilson is our Head Chef at our Southlake, Texas location. She has almost two 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…

Bond Davis: A Gentleman and a Scholar

Bond Davis: A Gentleman and a Scholar An impeccable addition to our Truluck’s team; Bond Davis, General Manager of Truluck’s Washington, D.C. Bond was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University to study Psychology. While working his way through college, he found a home at his first fine-dining restaurant, The Waterfront….

An American Dream

An American Dream By Riley Hutton, Managing Partner This dream I’m referring to isn’t Yohan Vajifdar’s though.  You’ll read about how worldly his experience is, living in exotic faraway locations.  You might even fall in love with his accent when you meet him.  The American I’m speaking of is me.  It was my dream on…

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…

Family Matters

by Director of Culinary, Brian Wubbena “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…

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…

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…

How Riley Hutton Elevates Hospitality,
and Hospitality Elevates Him

Riley Hutton Director of Hospitality, Managing Partner 16th Year with Truluck’s “I was a shy, quiet, back-of-the-classroom kind of guy,” admits Riley Hutton, noting the irony of this statement, given his Director of Hospitality title. “The restaurant industry gave me more than a job, it gave me a voice, and an environment where I felt…

Andrea Gentry’s Truluck’s Journey

This Texas native, a 15-year veteran of the Truluck’s Restaurant Group, brought her bona fides of skilled customer service, executing daily operations, team building, and training to Truluck’s.  While gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from St. Edward’s University, Andrea found working in the restaurant industry more than just a job, but a…