Qdoba Hires Executive Chef to Create Menu Innovations

Qdoba Mexican Eats announced last week the appointment of Katy Velazquez as its corporate executive chef. The chain of some 750 company and franchised restaurants in the U.S. and Canada is pushing to create innovative new menu offerings.

“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.

Velazquez honed her skills with chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless, having served as the kitchen director for Bayless’ hit PBS series, “Mexico – One Plate at a Time.” She was the culinary director of Bayless’ podcast, “The Feed.” Following her move back to California in 2016, Velazquez served for three years as the executive creative chef at Puesto, a contemporary, artisan Mexican restaurant with several locations throughout Southern California.

Don Sniegowski