We had the good fortune of connecting with Beto Gutierrez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Beto, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
The chef’s life is not as glamorous as it seems. It consists of a lot of late nights, sore feet, long hours, and working on holidays. It is a lifestyle that you have to be passionate about and love. If not, then you’ll get burned out quickly.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am most proud of my heritage. I grew up in Latin culture, so I was always inspired to infuse those cultural flavors and ingredients into my cooking. I grew up eating Mexican, Spanish, and Italian food like Paellas and lasagna, which I dream about. As I grew up with this special cultural upbringing, I was able to apply it to more techniques. I am also always experimenting with different flavors to pair with all the wines LASCO brings on. It is a very rewarding moment when my dishes work with the wine and the guests enjoy it. It is always a challenge, but so much fun.

Hard work and a lot of luck. It was not easy, to say the least, because being in the industry is challenging enough. Ironically, the hardest thing is not cooking. It is finding a group of people who want to be great and grow. Also, finding a group of owners and managers who have the same vision in mind and motivate you. I always want to be challenged, but I also want to be around people who share similar goals. I have guys in my kitchen who have been with me for over six years and in the restaurant industry – that is a long time. I truly believe that says something about the culture here at LASCO.

One thing is if you hang out around me, I will push you and me to be better. We’ll both flourish together or one of us is going to decide not to hang out anymore. At the end of the day, what does this mean? I am not going to compromise. If I am passionate about something, I am determined it should be done right. Things I am really passionate about is the hospitality industry. You have to want to make others happy (and full of delicious eats). Take that passion you have and look at it as a coaching opportunity to your team to make them better and stronger. If you’re always striving at getting better, you will see progress – I promise. If you think about it LASCO is technically running a Hospitality school and restaurant at the same time!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would most definitely take them to brunch at MAX’s Wine Dive on Washington or Fairview. Let me tell you, you have never brunched if you have not brunched at MAX’s. I would also take them to a Houston Astros game along with some local breweries. If the season is right, I would also visit my favorite crawfish spots. We would get the ultimate Houston experience.

No surprise here, my definition of fun always revolves around food! I would bring them to The Tasting Room for wine, pizza, and small plates.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate a special shoutout to Jerry and Laura Lasco of LASCO Enterprises and my amazing team.

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Becca Wright

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