Growing up in South Texas from Native American grandparents and a large family taught Ryan many things; most importantly the value of family. Tracing back to his roots in South Texas, Ryan’s philosophy is simple. A holistic lifestyle based on living off the land, taking no more than necessary and giving back to mother nature as much as possible. He grew up with outdoor sports in his blood and a passion for animals and mother earth.
Ryan's professional career began in San Antonio and included a vast history with Executive Chef roles in iconic restaurants such as Gallagher’s Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, The Petroleum Club of San Antonio and the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel which led to him to the Executive Chef position at EatZi’s and the relocation of his family to Dallas. Many years with EatZi’s brought an opportunity to open and run Urban Rio where he was named “Unsung Kitchen Hero” by D Magazine as well as one of the Top 10 Best New and Top 100 Best Restaurants of Dallas as well as numerous other accolades. Upon meeting Chef Daniele Puleo and Christina, Ryan was introduced to their vision of a new concept and was immediately hooked …and his new family was born.