At a young age, Henry knew he wanted to cook. His father
worked in a restaurant a chef and Henry's older brother worked with his father.
One day, his brother skipped worked to play at the beach. The
young Henry used this opportunity to sneak into the kitchen his father worked
in, and set to work. No one realized the younger son was working in the kitchen
until the lunch rush died down. Henry
loved cooking so much; his parents used that to ensure good grades. If he didn’t
make good grades, he would not be allowed to cook.
Eventually, he worked at Rosa’s in Baldwin Park. Henry quickly became head chef. He attended
the L.A. Culinary Institute (which became the California School of Culinary
Arts in Pasadena). His tutelage was under chef Raymond Hofmeister. Later, he worked at Rosa’s in Ontario.
Now, Executive Chef and Owner Henry Gonzalez runs Spaggi's with
his wife. He has a team of seven chefs.
Read More in the Inland Empire magazine article Chef’s Palette, by Trina Gonzalez.
Read More in the Inland Empire magazine article Flavor Master,
by Tammy Minn.