Nopalito, San Francisco, Chef/Co-Owner
Gonzalo Guzman was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and came to the United States as a young child. He began working at Kokkari restaurant in San Francisco as a dishwasher, but was soon promoted and went on to work his way up through the ranks at Boulevard, Chez Nous, and Nopa. In 2009, he partnered with Laurence and Allyson Jossel and Jeff Hanak to open Nopalito on Broderick Street. Guzmán is now the chef of both the original Nopalito as well as a second location on Ninth Avenue, just outside Golden Gate Park. Inspired by food straight from the sea and the land, Guzman transforms simple ingredients, such as masa and chiles, into bright and flavor-packed dishes. Nopalito has become a destination restaurant for locals and visitors alike. The new cookbook, Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen (Ten Speed Press) will thrill Nopalito fans with comprehensive recipes, step-by-step tips and stunning photographs.