Who is The Mexykan?
Great Question, who is the Mexykan? The Mexykan has been in the hospitality business for over 25 years. He has worked in private clubs, corporate restaurants, hotels, catering and as a personal chef. While enrolled in the hospitality management program at JCCC he started working for the University of Kansas Boots Adams Alumni Center club as a dishwasher. He worked his way through all the positions in the kitchen to become sous chef before moving on to the corporate world. Here he learned and put into practice traditional French culinary techniques with Executive Chef Wick Poore.
Gilbert/Robinson, Inc. was the next stop for The Mexykan where he worked in the front of the house at the fast paced and upscale Fedora a bistro on The Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. He has fond memories of working with Dave Garner the former general manager at Fedora. Dave along with his wife Mary now own and operate The Wildwood Grill in Southlake, Texas near Dallas.
Looking for something different The Mexykan went to work in the front of the house at The Rockhill Tennis Club in Kansas City, Missouri. A unique experience in one of Kansas City’s oldest and most exclusive clubs.
Kansas City is famous and known for its smoked BBQ. And in that vein after graduation from JCCC with a degree in Hospitality Management, The Mexykan became general manager of The Hickory Chick BBQ and Smokehouse which was located at 87th and Blueridge Blvd. in KCMO. The Hickory Chick smoked thousand of pounds of beef brisket, slabs of pork ribs, baby back ribs, pork shoulders and roasted hundreds of chickens every week to the satisfaction of many a guest. The Hickory Chick is where The Mexykan perfected his skills in the art of smoking meats, fish and poultry and where he honed his management skills. Sadly, The Hickory Chick closed due to a devastating fire. Where there’s smoke there’s fire!
After smoking himself nearly to death The Mexykan was enlisted as general manager of the Mobil Travel Guide 4 Star awarded restaurant The Toledo. A full blown French restaurant with table side service complete with flaming drinks and waiters. Under new management, the restaurant has graciously been transformed into the more casual HK’s at The Lodge of Four Seasons on Lake of The Ozarks.
The Mexykan left the corporate world for good to become a caterer and personal chef. Here he was happy to serve clients his unique style of food along with detailed personal attention. While catering and working as a personal chef he was hired to manage Kansas City’s newest downtown upscale coffee shop The Java Daily, which was located close to the former Folgers Coffee Plant in the Historic Garment District. The Java Daily was a unique concept for downtown Kansas City at the time. The Java Daily had newspapers available to read from around the world and locally roasted coffees. The Java Daily was also the first internet cafe in downtown Kansas City, a concept way ahead of the times for the mid-1990’s.
After surviving the turn of the new century he moved to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico from Kansas, hence the moniker of The Mexykan. After many years researching and cooking the foods of Mexico, Oaxaca in particular, The Mexykan is back at his old trade in the hospitality business. Now he’s teaching traditional Mexican regional cooking, plus cooking his own evolving and unique culinary style along the Southern Pacific Coast of Mexico in Puerto Escondido.