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For all of my life, I have enjoyed being in the kitchen. When I was young I watched my family cook and share happy memories. My first job was washing dishes. Upon seeing so many happy guests and families in the restaurant I knew this was my journey I wanted to pursue.

Attending the University of Houston I   earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management

I was the General Manager of many successful Restaurants for over twenty years.

I started a Leadership consulting company in late 2000 and pursued my real dream of teaching.  I was invited to lecture at several universities.

I taught at the University of North Texas in Denton and later Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Dallas, Texas.

In 2015 I moved to Northwest Arkansas to open my restaurant The Social Taco in Rogers.  

This year begins a new chapter with my new venture Chef Nando Events and Catering. I have also joined the Faculty at Brightwater.

Now I proudly share my experiences with students, friends, family and bring my  joy that food brings to life.

"Food is the nourishment of our bodies. When it is made with love, it nourishes our soul"


Birdeseye of Chef Nando over limoncello