After trying my hand at a few business ventures I became frustrated with the results. So one day
I was having lunch at work with my boss (sharing my left-over empanadas) and he said something
that changed my life. He liked them and said "if you sold these in the suburbs you would make a
killing" and so my journey began. From that moment on I decided to take on the task (not an easy
one) to bring a Spanish product to the suburbs. My goal is to compete with the likes of pizzas,
burgers and tacos, in other words to make it a mainstream food.
I'm not a Chef (nor do I claim to be one) and I've never attended a culinary school or received any
type of training. I am self-taught and have a passion for cooking and the ability to be resourceful
in creating dishes with flavor. I grew up watching my parents and grandmother prepare delicious
foods but it was my grandmother who taught me strong work ethics. It’s those work ethics that my
family and I live by and I’ve applied to my business.
What I've done with this Empanada insanity is created a system of making a complicated product
in timely manner with high quality taste. That led me to creating a state-of-the-art food truck
specializing in empanadas. The Empanada Guy Food Truck has given me a chance to do exactly
what I set out to do from the beginning, bring my product to the people. It brings me great joy to
interact with my customers and watch their reactions when they first try my stuff.
Along the way somehow my passion has rubbed off on a few entrepreneurs who understand my vision. And now my company has grown to five gourmet food trucks (trucks 6 and 7 are on order!) and a restaurant.
People always ask me how I did it. I tell them I'm not done yet, it's only the beginning. But I guess the best way to answer that question is by leaving you with a few pillars of how I do things:
1. I pride myself in making a quality product.
2. I try my best to satisfy my customers.
3. I love to make people laugh (even if it is at my own expense). Comedy and food is my recipe for an abundant life.
4. I want to inspire people.
5. I love what I do, I do it with passion and a lot of heart because in the end all I want to do is provide for my family and be a hero to my three girls.
In the end my story is about chasing your dreams, not your problems.