Chicago native Albert Gonzalez moved to Austin in September 2012 for the thriving food scene and killer weather. After getting his first subscription to Bon Appetit at the age of 8, Gonzalez quickly fell in love with cooking. His culinary passion was fueled by his grandmother, whom he frequently assisted in the kitchen growing up, and he was naturally drawn to the profession as he got older./p>
A true industry veteran, Gonzalez possesses a formidable resume that boasts 17 years of experience and a degree from the Culinary Arts School at The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago. His first job was in a hotel kitchen outside of Chicago, and in the years that followed, Gonzalez spent time working in a Parisian café, staging at restaurants in Chicago and ultimately cooking professionally in the Windy City. Gonzalez furthered his experience at the Public House Gastropub & Sports Bar, the high-end BBQ joint Chicago Q, Wolfgang Puck’s (now closed) Spago, Ambria, Rick Bayless’s Topolobampo, and the world-class, Michelin-rated Spiagga. Gonzalez then went on to work at Atlantis in the Bahamas before relocating to Austin with his wife./p>
In Austin, Gonzalez worked at the city’s cozy Apothecary Wine Bar as well as Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile, the Rainey Street staple Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, NXNW Brewing Co. and its sister restaurant Red’s Porch. After leaving NXNW and Red’s Porch, Gonzalez focused on opening his own concept: Provision. The restaurant opened in October 2019 under Gonzalez and his wife, Poeta Asher, who are living their dream of piloting their own concept in the ever-evolving capital city./p>
As an industry professional, Gonzalez makes it a priority to do everything he can to ensure the best possible experience for each guest. He believes that passionate coworkers, as well as attention to technique and the use of great ingredients, are key. /p> Gonzalez and his wife welcomed a daughter in 2016. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, grilling, gardening, relaxing with a book or riding his motorcycle.