Gonzalo Gonzalez Guzman is the chef / partner of Nopalito in San Francisco, California and author of "Nopalito ~ A Mexican Kitchen." Nopalito is a vibrant neighborhood Mexican kitchen, celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing a philosophy of purchasing local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
Gonzalo was born in a small village in Veracruz, Mexico where grew up cooking with his mother. When Gonzalo was 14 he came to San Francisco to pursue his cooking career. By the time Gonzalo was 22, he was a head line cook at the award winning Boulevard Restaurant under Nancy Oakes. Three years later he helped open San Francisco's Nopa restaurant.?In 2009, Gonzalo, with partners Laurence and Allyson Jossel and Jeff Hanak, opened Nopalito on Broderick Street; three years later they opened their second location. Nopalito has been on the San Francisco Chronicles' Top 100 since it opened. Gonzalo regularly teaches cooking classes at the San Francisco Cooking School.