Executive Chef/Owner | Hometown: Merida, Yucatán
Yucatán raised, Mexican born chef Jorge Guzmáns fondest memories have always revolved around food, family and always together. Nothing gives Jorge greater joy than watching a table full of people laughing and carrying on over a great meal. Jorges dedication to his craft has awarded him national recognition, awards and accolades. If you ask him what his favorite meal is get ready for a 45 minute conversation on the cuisine of the Yucatán.
Bar Manager/Owner | Hometown: Olivia, MN
Travis grew up surrounded by nature and farms, from working in fields to spending time tending his family’s giant garden. Don’t let this fool you though, he’s a city boy at heart. He’s an avid bass and drums aficionado having played in several bands in the Twin Cities. He’s also been an integral part in some of the city’s best bars. He not only views music as art but also hospitality. His favorite dish to eat is a warm and comforting bowl of pho, he likes his with extra jalapeños.
General Manager | Hometown: Recife, Brazil
Brazilian native, Lara Valente has probably worked in every single pivotal restaurant in Minneapolis in the last 15 years. She knows more people than you will ever meet in your lifetime. An avid knitter, gardener and sewist, she loves spending time with her husband, dog and two kids in South Minneapolis. Her favorite dish to eat is raw fish, in any form, and if she could have it anywhere it would be on a beach.
Chef de Cuisine | Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
After leaving a career in visual arts, Rhett traveled to Northern Italy and landed at a slow food farm-to-table restaurant learning everything from pasta making and salumi to tending animals, orchards, and bees. Rhetts creativity and unabashed sense of self brings an amazing dynamic to Petite Leons kitchen. His favorite dish to eat at any time of day or night is eggs benedict.