Willie Canahuati (also known now as Papa Willie) emigrated from El Salvador to the United States in 1973 at the tender age of 14. While attending high school in Northern California he worked part time for an aunt and, through that experience, fell in love with the culinary arts.
He went on to work at a few local restaurants and was hit=red by one of T.G.I, Friday's District Managers' (Ed Casey) as a Line Cook., Within two short years he had risen to the position of Kitchen Manager. He then moved up to become a Trainer and, ultimately, Openeer of new T.G.I. Friday's restaurants in the gepgraphic area.
He met his wife-to-be Sharyl (aka "Honey"as she is now called by their grandchildren) back in 1979. Shortly after they werre married, they moved from their home in San Jose to Southern California where he was actively recruited by the famous Cheescake Factory restaurant chain to held dow two concurrent positions: Kitchen Manager and Menu Developer.
He subsequently enrolled at the the Culinary Institute of America (C.I.A.) to piursue further education in his chosen field.while continuing to work in the food service industry as a Restaurant Opener and Menu Developer.
After nearly thirty years in the industry, he and his wife decided to pursue a different. yet related, business adventure...a Post Construction Residential Cleaning Service..They successfully managed this joint venture for the next 15 years. During this extended period they were visiting Baja at least once a month as they had fallen in love with the Mexican culture and lifestyle.
uring this time, Papa Willie and Honey's love of the culinary arts grew. When they decided to purchase a home in Baja's unique Plaza del Mar community, they started to plan a new chapter in their exciting life together. They had been discussing a new concept Food Truck focusing on the unique yet typical foods of his Salvadorean upbringing, one which would focus on serving Pupusas, Pan con Pollo or Pavo, Yucca con chicharron, Platanos stuffed with carnitas y creama etc.
The plan...they are about to open an establiahment (starting with breakfast service), featuring their unique spin on typical Mexican & Salvadorean recipes. It should come as no surprise that since Willie has also won awards for his Clam Chowder and Chili in the Santa Cruz (California) Cook Off, that these unique recipes will be featured, as well. Say tuned for all the news that is about to be released to. Rosarito is in for a unique culinary treat!!!