Dressler’s Spotlight: Gabino Velasquez

Gabino VelasquezMeet Gabino Velasquez, Kitchen Manager at Dressler’s Restaurant in Birkdale Village (as well as Dressler’s Recreational Soccer Team Coach).

What are your responsibilities at Dressler’s?

“Checking on all food that comes through our kitchen,” Says Gabino, “and making sure the dishes that we produce come out consistently delicious.”

How long have you been with Dressler’s? 

“I have been with Dressler’s for 13 years, but with Jon Dressler for 18 years,” explains Gabino. “I am the third person Jon D. ever hired in Charlotte.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

“I love to cook, especially with a crew like the one we have.”

What are some of the challenges that come with your job? 

“Keeping Jon out of the French fries and Kevin Mac out of the crème brûlées,” jokes Gabino. “The rest of it is easy.”

Describe a typical day on the job. 

“I start my day after the prep guys have come and gone and when I still have a nice and quiet kitchen. One hour of peace and then the fun starts!”

What are your favorite foods to prepare at Dressler’s? 

“I love all of our steaks, as well as the lamb.”

What are some of your favorite things to eat at Dressler’s? 

“Lamb, Ribeye, and our employee meal,” says Gabino. “Chicken and Rice…oh so nice.”

What are some of the customers’ favorites? 

“Halibut and Calamari have been the best sellers for a long time.”

Who does the cooking at home? 

“Mostly my wife,” says Gabino, “but we share.”

Who taught you how to cook?

“All the different guys that I have worked with for the last 15-20 years.”

Describe your coworkers. 

“Everyone is always so friendly,” says Gabino. “There is also always a level of responsibility and commitment to making sure we are operating at a high level.”

What about life outside the restaurant? 

“We just purchased a great home in Huntersville, and are living the “American Dream” with my beautiful wife, daughter Estrella, and son Ray. I watch a lot of soccer and my son plays every week. He is really good and I love watching the matches. I also have an unhealthy love for my beautiful GMC truck.”