Drawn to Descanso’s unique Plancha experience concept and respect for traditional Mexican cuisine, Fonzy was brought on board as the Sous Chef of Descanso when the restaurant opened in November of 2018 before being elevated to Executive Chef in September 2020. Prior to Descanso, De Zuniga was the Head Chef at Sol Cocina in Newport Beach, from 2014-2016.
Born in Mexico City and growing up in San Pedro California, Fonzy began his culinary career as a 17-year-old high school student shucking oysters and cleaning fish at the San Pedro Docks. Fonzy’s love and appreciation for the culinary arts and fresh ingredients was instilled in him at a much younger age as he watched and learned from his Abuela in the kitchen. The passion and soul that his grandmother poured into her cooking inspires Chef Fonzy to this day as he leads his own kitchen.
While balancing a strong work ethic with creativity and dedication to his team, Fonzy also finds joy in participating in charitable events and giving back to the community and those in need, commenting, “I believe that food transcends all cultures and generations, so being able to give back, using my own skills, makes being a Chef even more meaningful.”
Fonzy prides himself on continually pushing the envelope on flavor while keeping the authenticity of Descanso’s Central Mexican street-inspired cuisine. Sharing his love for food with guests and witnessing their enjoyment while dining at Descanso makes his whole career worthwhile.