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  • Hector Torres
    Hector Torres
    Chef
  • Joan Tabares
    Joan Tabares
    General Manager
  • Faustro Zarzuela
    Faustro Zarzuela
    Chef
  • Marsha Zibi
    Marsha Zibi
    Event Coordinator
  • Janine Jones
    Janine Jones
    PR Manager & Events Coordinator
  • Emily Vitek
    Emily Vitek
    Event Coorindator
  • Manuel Callirgos
    Manuel Callirgos
    General Manager
  • Miguel Miranda
    Miguel Miranda
    General Manager
  • Alex Nguyen
    Alex Nguyen
    Floor Manager
  • Almendra Callirgos
    Almendra Callirgos
    Corporate Pastry Chef
  • Fred Espinoza
    Fred Espinoza
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Steve Morice
    Steve Morice
    Corporate Chef
  • Erin Gready
    Erin Gready
    Event Manager
  • Rigo Romero
    Rigo Romero
    General Manager
  • Marc Mann
    Marc Mann
    Event Manager
  • Darla Hickman
    Darla Hickman
    Catering & Event Sales Manager
  • Megan Protz
    Megan Protz
    General Manager
  • Paula Vargas
    Paula Vargas
    Banquet & Service Manager
  • Damian Ambroa
    Damian Ambroa
    Beverage Director & General Manager
Hector Torres
Chef

Churrascos Sugar Land

Joan Tabares
General Manager

Churrascos The Woodlands

Faustro Zarzuela
Chef

Churrascos Memorial City

Marsha Zibi
Event Coordinator

Churrascos Memorial City

{1 year with the company}

  1. Where are you from? Houston, Texas.
  2. What is your favorite drink? Water.
  3. What is your favorite food? Seafood.
  4. What is your favorite restaurant? Milos.
  5. What is the first app you check in the morning? Email.
  6. What hobbies do you have? Painting, working out and making crafts.
  7. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Ice skating and The Rockets.
  8. Favorite music/band/singer? Brian Crain.
  9. Who do you admire the most? My father, he is my friend and my hero.
  10. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share? I enjoy making people smile.
Janine Jones
PR Manager & Events Coordinator

Churrascos The Woodlands

{10 years with the company}

  1. Where are you from? Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? Since I graduated, I started as Public Relations Manager for Four Seasons Hotel & worked in PR Agencies. I lived in Mexico City & worked for Hill & Knowlton, Edelman & Carlson Wagonit Travel as Marketing Director for Latin America & then moved to the USA & started at Américas.
  3. Family? My amazing husband & best friend Edson, 4 beautiful Children: Gwen 21, Colin 20, Alan 16 & Sophie 12.
  4. What is your favorite drink? Blueberry Martini or White Wine.
  5. What is your favorite food? Milanesas.
  6. What is your favorite restaurant? Besides Churrascos, Trulucks.
  7. What is the first app you check in the morning? Facebook, Email & Instagram.
  8. What hobbies do you have? Love to read, watch good shows on Netflix & go for long walks with my husband & our dog Winnie.
  9. Favorite sport? Soccer, River.
  10. Favorite music/band/singer? Rod Stewart & U2.
  11. Who do you admire the most? I admire My Parents, I have learned so much from them & hope to inspire my own Children as well. Also my Husband is one the people I most admire!
  12. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share?
    Love the Balancing act in my life: the passion of doing what I love every day at work but still always being there for my Family as the best Mum & Wife I can be everyday.
Emily Vitek
Event Coorindator

Churrascos Sugar Land

{6 years with the company}

  1. Where are you from? Houston, Texas.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 9 years.
  3. Family? My husband, Michael and I have a 18 month old named Lane that keeps us busy.
  4. What is your favorite drink? Peppermint Latte from Starbucks, Shirley Temple or a good margarita.
  5. What is your favorite food? Steak, sushi, italian.
  6. What is your favorite restaurant? Besides Churrascos, Tony Mandolas, Ulas, Flemings, Blue Fish, Matt’s Bar (Greatest Juicy Lucy in Minneapolis).
  7. What is the first app you check in the morning? Emails, Facebook, Instagram.
  8. What hobbies do you have? Spend time with my family and travel.
  9. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Football and Basketball (Texans and Rockets) My husband is a head basketball coach.
  10. Favorite music/band/singer? Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Beatles, Sia and Lady Gaga, I also enjoy listening to country. I look forward to the Rodeo every year.
  11. Who do you admire the most? My grandfather, I learned a lot from him. He was a great man and I miss him dearly.
  12. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share? I can say my ABC’s backwards within 5 seconds.
Manuel Callirgos
General Manager

Churrascos Westchase

{5½ years with the company}
Gastronomy & Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu Peru
Chef de Cuisine Patissier, Le Cordon Bleu Peru

  1. Where are you from? Lima, Peru.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 8 years.
  3. What is your favorite drink? Wine & espresso (but not together).
  4. What is your favorite food? Bucatini all’Amatriciana.
  5. What is your favorite restaurant? Potente.
  6. What is the first app you check in the morning? Chase.
  7. What hobbies do you have? Cooking & drinking wine.
  8. Favorite sport? Soccer, Peru National Soccer Team (Alianza Lima).
  9. Favorite music/band/singer? Billy Joel.
  10. Who do you admire the most? Ronaldo (the original one).
  11. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share?
    Bucatini is my spirit noodle & I hate stuffed pastas.
Miguel Miranda
General Manager

Churrascos Champions

{10 years with the company}

  1. Where are you from? Houston, Texas.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 10+ years.
  3. What is your favorite drink? Pacifico Beer.
  4. What is your favorite food? Lamb Chops.
  5. What is your favorite restaurant? North Italia.
  6. What is the first app you check in the morning? Work email.
  7. What hobbies do you have? Watching sports & shooting darts.
  8. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Basketball, Houston Rockets.
  9. Favorite music/band/singer? Linkin Park.
Alex Nguyen
Floor Manager

Churrascos Memorial City / Westchase

Almendra Callirgos
Corporate Pastry Chef

Corporate

{3 years with the company}
Le Cordon Bleu Peru:
Certificate in Cuisine & Food Processing Skill
Certificate in Pastry & Baking Processing Skill
Diploma in Gastronomy & Culinary Arts

  1. Where are you from? Lima, Peru.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 10 years.
  3. What is your favorite drink? Moscow mule.
  4. What is your favorite food? Peruvian Ceviche.
  5. What is your favorite restaurant? Potente.
  6. What is the first app you check in the morning? Gmail.
  7. What hobbies do you have? I love hosting people in my house, creating unique meals.
  8. Who do you admire the most? My parents.
  9. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share?
    When I was a kid, I used to spend all my vacations in the Peruvian rain forest.
Fred Espinoza
Chief Operating Officer

Corporate

{29 years with the company}
BBS, St. Thomas University • MBA, Rice University

  1. Where are you from? Originally from Lima, Peru. Now a proud Texan for 30 years.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 30 years.
  3. Family? With my wife Maria (“Mate”) also from Peru, we have two amazing
    daughters Natalia (15) & Valeria (12) that keep us quite busy.
  4. What is your favorite drink? Pisco Sour or Malbec.
  5. What is your favorite food? Steaks, Sushi, Empanadas
  6. What is your favorite restaurant? Besides Churrascos I like Perry’s, Pappadeux, Nativo (Guadalajara, Mexico), La Mar (Miami, Florida).
  7. What is the first app you check in the morning? Emails, Facebook & Snapchat (to keep in touch with my daughters).
  8. What hobbies do you have? Spend time with my family, travel & learn something new.
  9. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Soccer & Football (Go Texans!!)
  10. Favorite music/band/singer? 80’s – Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Soda Stereo, Green Day.
  11. Who do you admire the most? My parents. Their story of overcoming adversity is a great example to follow.
  12. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share? I came to work for three months in the company and they wouldn’t take me as a server so I started as a busboy and I am still here. I love my journey so far.
Steve Morice
Corporate Chef

Churrascos Memorial City

Erin Gready
Event Manager

Catering

{6 years with the company}
Marketing Degree from Auburn University

  1. Where are you from? Houston, Texas.
  2. What is your favorite drink? Greygoose dirty martini
    with blue cheese stuffed olives.
  3. What is your favorite food? Big Mac with French Fries.
  4. What is your favorite restaurant? Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe.
  5. What is the first app you check in the morning? Instagram.
  6. What hobbies do you have? Playing tennis, running, playing cards.
  7. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Houston Rockets.
  8. Favorite music/band/singer? Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  9. Who do you admire the most? Blake Lively – I just love her.
  10. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share? I once auditioned for The Bachelor…they never called!
Rigo Romero
General Manager

Churrascos Sugar Land

{24 years with the company}

  1. Where are you from? Mexico.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 30 years.
  3. Family? With wife Erica they have four children
    Rebecca (25), Rigo Jr. (18), Randy (12) & Ricardo (10).
  4. What is your favorite drink? Beer or Lemonade.
  5. What is your favorite food? Mexican or Seafood.
  6. What is your favorite restaurant? Don’t really have one,
    I like a lot of them.
  7. What is the first app you check in the morning? Facebook & Snapchat.
  8. What hobbies do you have? Play Soccer & Collect Watches.
  9. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Soccer / America.
  10. Favorite music/band/singer? All Latin music.
  11. Who do you admire the most? My Mom.
Marc Mann
Event Manager

Catering

{15 years with the company}
BA in Communication, University of Houston

  1. Where are you from? Born in Houston, raised in Austin.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 33 years.
  3. What is your favorite drink? Margarita.
  4. What is your favorite food? Mexican.
  5. What is your favorite restaurant? El Tiempo.
  6. What is the first app you check in the morning? Weather.
  7. What hobbies do you have? Running, snow skiing, yard work, hanging out with my family.
  8. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros.
  9. Favorite music/band/singer? Rock. RUSH. Geddy Lee.
  10. Who do you admire the most? My wife.
  11. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share? I am hyper focused on organization and turnaround time. My clients get answers within minutes of sending an email. I have a laid back personality and love to add humor to my process because life is too short to be stuffy and serious all the time.
Darla Hickman
Catering & Event Sales Manager

Catering

{9 years with the company}

  1. Where are you from? Native Houstonian.
  2. Family? Married 41 years to Ennie Hickman, three married sons, twelve grandchildren! Very blessed.
  3. What is your favorite drink? “Ranch Water” aka Skinny Margarita but not too sweet!
  4. What is your favorite food? Italian & Seafood.
  5. What is your favorite restaurant? Goode Company Seafood, Damian’s, Costa Brava Bistro, 401.
  6. What is the first app you check in the morning? Daily Reading for Catholics, Instagram, then work emails.
  7. What hobbies do you have? Anything near water – rivers, lakes, bay, beach – my husband and I love boating on Galveston Bay especially. But my greatest hobby is spending time with our family as often as we can. I love to read, cook, drink, dance.
  8. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Baseball. Houston Astros!
  9. Favorite music/band/singer? So many – Neil Young, America, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire. But also Lake Street Dive, Nathaniel Rateliff, Traveling Wilburys, Frank Sinatra – I love music.
  10. Who do you admire the most? My dad. He is the epitome of strength, goodness and integrity. A man of amazing character.
  11. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share? I twirl my high school fire baton twice a year to keep my skills on task, and dazzle my grandkids. (I think)
Megan Protz
General Manager

Churrascos River Oaks

{2 years with the company}
Certified Culinarian, Master of Hospitality

  1. Where are you from? Native Houstonian raised in Florida.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 10 years.
  3. What is your favorite drink? COFFEE. Unless we’re talking alcohol, then we don’t discriminate! But old-fashioned is the go-to.
  4. What is your favorite food? Steak.
  5. What is your favorite restaurant? The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation.
  6. What is the first app you check in the morning? The weather – a girl has to know how to dress.
  7. What hobbies do you have? Painting, baking & cooking.
  8. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Soccer. Houston everything.
  9. Favorite music/band/singer? Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  10. Who do you admire the most? My mother.
  11. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share? Don’t let the size fool you.
Paula Vargas
Banquet & Service Manager

Churrascos Westchase

{7 years with the company}

  1. Where are you from? Michoacán, Mexico.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 11 years.
  3. Family? With my husband Yoni, we have a son, Armando (9) & a daughter, Adriana (2).
  4. What is your favorite drink? Water.
  5. What is your favorite food? Pasta (Italian).
  6. What is the first app you check in the morning? Instagram.
  7. What hobbies do you have? Crafts & listening to music.
  8. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Soccer.
  9. Favorite music/band/singer? Latin Music.
  10. Who do you admire the most? My Sisters.
  11. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share?
    I love to learn and experiment new things, I like to be organized & help others.
Damian Ambroa
Beverage Director & General Manager

Churrascos Memorial City

{15 years with the company}

  1. Where are you from? Argentina.
  2. How long have you been in the industry? 18 years.
  3. Family? With my wife Lilian, we have two sons Nicholas (14) and Sebastian (10).
  4. What is your favorite drink? Wine.
  5. What is your favorite food? Italian or Steak.
  6. What is your favorite restaurant? La Brigada in Buenos Aires.
  7. What is the first app you check in the morning? WhatsApp.
  8. What hobbies do you have? Scuba diving, Motorcycles.
  9. Favorite sport? Favorite sports team? Soccer, Juventus (Forza Juve!).
  10. Favorite music/band/singer? All types, Guns n roses.
  11. Who do you admire the most? My grandfather.
  12. Something unique/different about you that you would like to share?
    Love to spend time with my two boys & looking forward to owning my vineyard in Italy.