We had the good fortune of connecting with Andres Meraz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andres, how has your pespective on work-life balance evolved over time?
It’s Easy to get caught up in your day to day grind. I’ve focused so many years on my career as a chef. From 12- 15 hour days, no days off for a few weeks. It can be tough, but I’ve always loved being in the kitchen. All that had to shift when I started a family. It’s taken some time to adapt to a more balanced routine, which can be difficult. I usually get up at 4 am, so I can work out before my wife and kids wake up. I’ll take some time to read and then plan out my day or days ahead of me. The couple of hours in morning help me to stay on track and give me time to focus on what needs to get done. I’ve learned that balance will always be tough to accomplish because we are always pulled in so many directions especially with un- expected surprises and what life can throw at us. Finding some quiet time to be alone where I can read, think and write is what helps me prepare for my day.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a chef and a business owner and it’s a tough balance. What I am most proud of would be my team always willing to step up and work hard on a daily basis. Seeing them grow provides plenty of motivation for me. Getting to where I’m at today was difficult but I never gave up. I had a long time goal of opening a restaurant and training under the best chefs. Learning never stops as challenges arise everyday. What I would like for people to know, is to never give up on your goals and dreams. Most people will not believe in you or help you, so believing in yourself is all that matters.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Favorite spots: Pecan lodge in Dallas Boulevardier in Dallas Eastside in Denton Cryptozoology in Denton Ravelin Bakery in Denton Armadillo ale works in Denton Harvest house in Denton

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife Marléne has been my backbone for years ! She has Always supported my crazy ideas and always has my back. She is a huge part of Boca 31’s success! I would also like to thank Chef Tony Neglia for all of his hard work. He’s always ready to jump in when needed. His love and passion for the kitchen is contagious!

Website: Boca31.com
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Image Credits
Tony Neglia