Chef Juan Huezo of The Waterford at Fort Worth combines so many amazing culinary talents and a genuine love for his work and the people he serves. When asked what he likes most about his job, Juan stated, “Everything! I love what I do each and every day.”
Juan and his team work tirelessly to assure that the food they serve is not only delicious, but most of all nutritious. Many residents and family members have attributed Juan’s food to restoring their health. One of the most interesting things that Juan and his team do to create healthy food is called the “Blue Zone Project.” Each week, Juan creates a meal based on the areas of the world where people are the healthiest because of the types of food they eat.
Juan’s talents are not limited to just wonderful food every day. He also takes great pride in the food served at the events at the Independent Living community. With each event, Juan considers the theme and prepares ice sculptures, cheese and fruit sculptures and other beautiful food arrangements worthy of a five-star hotel. Residents and guests love to come to events just to see what an amazing spread Juan will come up with.
Juan was born in El Salvador and moved to the United States when he was 21 years old. He began his career at the esteemed Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth as a dish washer. The chef noticed that Juan had a talent for cooking, and he eventually became the sous chef and was trained under two world-renowned European chefs during his 15-year tenure at Colonial. Juan says that he feels so fortunate to have had the opportunity to train with such talented people. He also worked a second job for five years as the cook for The Gardens Restaurant at the Botanic Garden in Fort Worth.
Even though Juan has worked with some of the best chefs in the world and had the opportunity to eat in the finest places, he still says that the best food he has ever tasted came from his mother’s kitchen in El Salvador. He has incorporated some of his mother’s recipes into the menu at The Waterford. One of the most popular dishes he serves is “Juan’s Special Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Onions.”
Juan has four beautiful children — three boys and one girl — that are the lights of his life. In his spare time he enjoys his church family and bicycle riding. Members of Juan’s church also get to enjoy his cooking on special occasions.
The Waterford at Fort Worth is very blessed to have such a talented and compassionate person dedicating his life to its residents’ health and happiness.