QDOBA Mexican Eats announced on July 16 it has named Katy Velazquez corporate executive chef of its culinary team. According to a press release, Velazquez most-recently worked as the creative executive chef of Puesto, a local modern Mexican restaurant chain, before joining QDOBA.

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Keith Guilbault, CEO of Qdoba Mexican Eats, at the company’s former Kearny Mesa headquarters.

“I’m excited to join QDOBA and bring that passion for Mexican cuisine to this amazing team,” said Velazquez, originally from Irvine, via a statement. “I have so many ideas and can’t wait to begin testing out new concepts and to create a space that is the beating heart of the QDOBA flavor.”

Prior to working at Puesto, Velazquez lived in Chicago and worked with chef-restaurateur, Rick Bayless, including on his PBS series, “Mexico – One Plate at a Time,” his cookbook, “More Mexican Everyday,” and his podcast, “The Feed.”

QBODA Mexican Eats has more than 750 restaurants across the United States and in Canada.

Travel & Hospitality reporter Mariel Concepcion can be reached at mconcepcion@sdbj.com or 858-634-4625.