Bambara announces the hire of Jerry Pacheco as its new executive chef. Jerry Pacheco first began his foray into the culinary industry at The Copper Onion, a renowned restaurant in Salt Lake City. He quickly worked his way from dishwasher to line cook where he basked in the opportunity to establish a foundational knowledge of French cooking. From there, Chef Jerry spent the past 12 years honing his craft at some of Salt Lake’s best restaurants such as Avenues Bistro, Pago, Finca and Pallet among others. Having the opportunity to work in a variety of kitchens alongside some of the city’s top chefs has helped mold his appreciation of the many diverse techniques and influences found in each respective restaurant. In 2017, Jerry accepted a position as sous chef at Bambara and quickly earned a promotion to executive sous after only 3 months working at the restaurant. After several years working at Bambara, Chef Jerry moved onto positions in a more entrepreneurial space – such as serving as a consultant to a new sushi restaurant to launching his own business. Today, Chef Jerry draws inspiration from both his Mexican heritage and love of Japanese culture while exploring new flavor profiles that incorporate time-honored techniques. He is thrilled to start this new chapter at Bambara as executive chef and shares how the team at Bambara is what truly sets the restaurant apart. Guests can look forward to Chef Jerry incorporating thoughtful and seasonally driven dishes inspired by his close-knit relationships with local farmers and purveyors. He also looks forward to collaborating with the local community to launch new programming and events at the restaurant on a monthly basis. Chef Jerry lives in the Rose Park neighborhood of Salt Lake with his wife, two daughters, and their two dogs, Naga and Phillip.