Ed Villarreal, Host Chef
Ocho at Hotel Havana
Chef Ed, currently the Executive Chef at Ocho at Hotel Havana overlooking the Riverwalk is a San Antonio native with nearly 20 years of experience in the culinary industry. He earned his stripes rising through the ranks from dishwasher to executive chef, something he’s proud of because it helped him understand the role of everyone in the kitchen. Although he was largely classically trained, he has a passion for smashing big, bold and sometimes unlikely flavors, ingredients and cuisines together. He started out at the Oak Hills Country Club, where he first experienced the joy of silencing a room with his food. Among others, his resume includes Alberico's Fine Wine, The Argyle, Grey Moss Inn, Biga on the Banks, Boiler House and The Draft Sports Bar & Grill – the only scratch kitchen sports bar of its kind at the time.
Kimberly A. Suta
Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in public relations and marketing. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations, involved a partnership with Regal Cinemas, the largest theatre chain in the world. Kimberly has written, directed and produced several films, including documentaries for PBS (KLRN) and most recently an award-winning documentary on San Antonio’s culinary scene, San Antonio: An Edible Renaissance and a documentary on Oaxacan artists, which is currently in post-production. One of her screenplays was a semi-finalist for Sundance’s “Sloan Fellowship” Award. Kimberly is also a food and travel writer for various media, such as USA Today’s 10best.com.
Ashley Beuhler is a student filmmaker at the North East School of the Arts where she has majored in cinema for the past four years. She has been a part of over 50 short films including the music video “Photographs” she directed which premiered at the 800Lb Film Festival. Most recently, her credits have been editor and script supervisor, both of which are positions she enjoys and is highly skilled it. Ashley is planning on attending Loyola Marymount University as a film and television production major, focusing on editing and VFX.
Director of Photography,
Rogelio Zamora Chavez, raised in Brownsville, Texas, attended Porter High School, where he was enrolled in the Media Technology Program. After learning about news production and film-making, he established his Production Company “Rogy Productions” shortly after graduating high school. Since then, Roger has been involved in various “city revitalization” projects in both Brownsville and San Antonio. Roger has directed and produced Documentaries, Short Films, Commercials, PSA’s, and even Reality Shows. Roger has also won several film festivals, locally and internationally, and has worked on “Lone Star Emmy” and “Telly” Award winning videos. Roger is proud to say he lives his dream, writing stories every day through the lens of a camera.