Get to Know the Chef
Juan Rodriguez achieved his associate degree in culinary arts from The Art Institute of Dallas in 2001, and has rapidly grown to one of the finest chefs in North Texas.
Established in 2014, Juan and his wife Paige opened Magdalenas. His new catering venture, specializing in weddings and special events, brings a farm to market Mexican cuisine and many other flavors from his 16 years of culinary experience to his menu. Prior to Magdalena’s, he was employed with Reata Restaurant since March 2007, and was promoted to Executive Chef just two short years later. Juan’s culinary accomplishments include collaboration on the restaurant’s latest cookbook, Reata – Legendary Texas Cuisine, published in the fall of 2008. Juan was also named Modern Hispanic Gentlemen by Texas Monthly Magazine and Ketel One.
Before joining Reata, Juan worked alongside Chef Tim Love at the Lonesome Dove Bistro in Fort Worth and New York, where he participated as Sous Chef for Chef Tim on Iron Chef America.