Meet The Team

Maria Rosario - Chef

Maria Rosario
Chef

Maria's Bio

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, María now calls Austin her home. From her time on her beautiful island, she learned the importance of growing your own food early on, and has enjoyed making and eating desserts since she was a little girl. Even now, she also likes to try new recipes and to have home cooked meals every day.

With her background in agriculture and public health, María worked as a nutrition educator and program manager for several years before deciding on a career change. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in baking and pastry at Austin Community College.

At Chef Crusco Catering she has the opportunity to prepare delicious recipes and knowing that the customers enjoyed their meal makes her happy!

Leah Eshelman - Chef

Leah Eshelman
Chef

Leah's Bio

A Pennsylvania native, Leah moved to Austin in 2011 to attend a health-supportive cooking program at The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts. Hungry to learn more about food and cooking, she started working in restaurants as a prep and line cook, developing knowledge of culinary techniques and gaining a deep appreciation for farm-to-table cooking. Leah continued to develop her craft in several Austin establishments practicing pastry and catering, teaching cooking classes, and providing personal chef services.

Currently, she manages the kitchen at a locally-owned Japanese concept specializing in healthy, flavorful bento boxes. When she cooks at home for friends or family, she likes to keep it fresh and flavorful with citrus, herbs and tons of seasonal vegetables.

Leah is delighted to be able to hone and share her craft with clients through Chef Crusco Catering. Food has always been a huge part of her life. It gives people reasons to gather, create, nourish and indulge. When she has the opportunity to see clients enjoying the experience of a thoughtfully prepared meal, she is reminded of why she fell in love with cooking. 

Alexa Heras - Server

Alexa Heras
Server

Alexa's Bio

Alexa grew up in a traditional Mexican family that also started their own taco restaurant, Taco Tote in El Paso, TX.  Watching the family work, she developed a passion for cooking and a curiosity to understand the science behind food and how it affects ones health.

Due to this passion, Alexa studied and received a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from New Mexico State University. Now as a bilingual nutritionist, Alexa specializes in community nutrition by providing adult and child nutrition education.

On her own time, Alexa likes to travel, try new cuisines and challenge herself with daring activities (skydiving is next!). Alexa’s love for food and cooking would not be as fun without family, friends, music and dance! And this is what Chef Crusco Catering is all about. Not only do you get a taste of Chef Crusco’s Argentinian culture (through the food/service) but you also learn how to make the experience positive, educational and fun for the staff and most importantly the clients.

Maria Gutierrez - Server

Maria Guitierrez
Server

Maria's Bio

Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Maria found her love of cooking at home as she watched her mother prepare home cooked meals every day for their large family. Because of her social nature she feels very comfortable attending to clients and doing her best to make the dinner experience memorable. From setting the table, to serving and finally cleaning the kitchen, guests can rest in the knowledge that Maria will meet their standards.

Since 2003, Maria has been a server and lead cook at The Jewish Community Center (JCC) in San Antonio, TX.  Maria has continued developing her food service skills by collaborating with chefs for special events and private dinners. 

Maria loves working for Chef Crusco Catering because of the high professional standards expected as well as the variety of cuisines she gets to experience and learn about. Knowing she played a small yet important part in a guest’s special occasion is very fulfilling to Maria!

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Trusted By

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Texas Beef Council
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