Gabriel Guzmán 

Restaurant: Morrell’s Farm Fresh Dining

Hometown: Solvang 


What made you realize you wanted to work in the food industry?  

The love for cooking. How much fun it is to combine different ingredients and making a delicious meal that everyone will enjoy! I love being creative in the kitchen! 

Who is the person you most admire in the food industry? 

Julia Child. I was very happy and honored to have worked with such a great chef! Learned a lot from her while working beside her! 

What is your favorite part about being a chef?

Just being able to make people smile with my food! And love seeing people’s reaction after taking the first bite! 

How do you unwind after service? 

After a long day I enjoy spending time with the family. I try to spend as much time with them as possible, and I also go play tennis about 3 to 4 days out of the week. Great way to unwind!! 

What cookbook should every home have?

Lidia’s Italian-America kitchen, by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

What is the one recipe/ingredient you struggled to master and how did you overcome it?

Venison osso buco (He struggled to find the right way to cook the meat since the meat is so tough. Now he loves to cook it.)