Cesar Guzman

Operations Manager

Chef Cesar Guzman began his career as a line cook at Joyce & Gigi’s in Dallas, Texas under the mentorship of chef and owner, Gigliolia Zimmermann. After graduating from The Art Institute culinary program, he worked his way up to becoming a talented chef with a focus in classical technique and a passion for consistency + the use of high-quality ingredients.

Cesar currently oversees the ins-and-outs of The Village Culinary Lab operations –  from catering events, The Troubadour Food Truck, their grab-n-go ready-made meals, workshops and more.


Zoe Dalton

Food Truck + Lab Kitchen Lead

Chef Zoe Dalton pursued conceptual and fashion photography before turning her love for cooking into a full-time career. Her attention to detail and artistic focus are clearly represented through the meals she creates! 

Recently,  Zoe has taken on the challenge of leading The Troubadour. She supervises the team’s cooking techniques and styles the food truck’s seasonal menus.


Josue Ramirez

Food Truck +  Lab Line Cook

Though relatively new to the culinary world, Josue Ramirez has quickly worked his way up from dishwasher to line cook thanks to his undeniable passion for cooking and natural talent in the kitchen. 

He has a true knack for working on a team and providing unparalleled, sincere customer service. Should you stop by The Troubadour to grab a bite, you'll likely find Josue making your order with enormous care and attention – not to mention a big smile on his face! 


Tomy Mata

Food Truck + Lab Prep Cook 

Tomy Mata is a bright light on The Village Culinary Lab team! She says her earliest and fondest memories are of helping her mother prepare meals in the kitchen. Her cooking skills shine when it comes to comfort-style foods – especially her delicious tamales which aren’t to be missed!

Just ask anyone on the team: Tomy is the backbone of our operation. She plays an integral role in day-to-day tasks, food preparation and manufacturing projects.