Francisco Gonzalez

Executive Director, Culinary Operations

Phone: 763-732-4162

Francisco has been the Executive Chef of GVCC’s culinary operations for over seven years. Growing up in Guadalajara, Chef Francisco discovered his passion for food from his beloved grandmother. He loved watching her create their family’s favorite dishes.

At the age of 18, Francisco moved to southern California where he began his cooking adventure, and met his wife of 20 years. Chef’s culinary studies cover a wide variety of experiences encompassing over 20 years at restaurants and resorts across the United States. Always intent on learning new techniques, he studied at Ecole Lenotre in Paris building and enhancing his talent for creating pastries, sugar and chocolate sculptures that are by themselves, pieces of art.

His culinary studies have taken him across the United States from southern California’s St. Regis Hotel to Chicago’s Café des Architectes, to New York’s Sofitel Gaby French Cuisine, and Miami’s La Riviera. Upon arriving in Minneapolis, Chef Francisco made his debut at Chez Daniel, Chez Colette and Café Royal before coming to Golden Valley Country Club.

Chef takes immense pride in his work and instills that same passion in training his entire staff. Of the many benefits offered at Golden Valley, we consider Chef Francisco to be one of our best assets.