As the steel structure continues to rise in the Prospect Park neighborhood, Surly Brewing is already planning for the opening of its $30-plus million Destination Brewery by hiring one of the most talented young chefs in the city, Jorge Guzman, to lead its food and dining experience.
Guzman has been executive chef at Solera in downtown Minneapolis for more than three years. Starting in August, he will be the Executive Chef at Surly’s craft beer-inspired, chef-driven 100-seat full service restaurant, 300-person casual dining beer hall and 175-person event center, not to mention its two-acre beer garden, which will also be served by the kitchen.
Omar Ansari, Founder and President of Surly Brewing said: “A big part of the Destination Brewery experience will be our craft beer-inspired food, so we knew we needed to put just as much focus on our kitchen and staff. Our executive chef will be the ‘head brewer’ of our beer hall, restaurant and event space. We are excited to add Jorge to the Surly team and immerse him in our world of beer.”
Guzman graduated from Drake with an advertising degree but followed his passion by getting a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. He has worked all around the Twin Cities at Tejas, the University of Minnesota and Corner Table. For the last three years Jorge has worked as an executive chef at Solera, an organization that is a combination of fine dining and events.
Linda Haug, Director of Restaurant Operations for Surly Brewing, said: “We needed an executive chef that not only had the experience in quality dining in volume we needed one that could remain calm in the eye of this storm. We also knew that we wanted a candidate that had a commitment to create food that will equal the quality of our amazing beer. We have found all that in Jorge.”
As Surly’s executive chef, Guzman will continue his commitment to giving back to the community with his work with Farm in the City. He’ll also continue to develop his connections with local farmers and the local Twin Cities chefs who endorsed him during the interview process.
Guzman said: “Building the Destination Brewery restaurant is going to be a challenge, but chefs are like brewers, we thrive on big challenges. I’m excited to build a team and begin collaborating with the Surly Brewing crew. We’re going to push the envelope with our beer-inspired foods using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients, we’re not going to sit back.”
Surly Brewing’s 300-person casual dining beer hall is scheduled to open in Minneapolis in early 2015, with the events center and craft beer inspired, chef driven full service restaurant opening soon after.