Fast-casual Mexican food company, Qdoba has appointed a new chef to lead its corporate executive chef team.
Katy Velazquez joins the team from her role as executive creative chef at Puesto, a Mexican restaurant with several locations throughout Southern California, where she has been for three years.
As part of her new role, she will lead the continued evolution of the menu at Qdoba, which has 750 sites across the USA and Canada.
“Katy is an extremely talented chef with an impressive background and we’re eager to have her dive into 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 said: “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.”