Culinary expert Dana Rodriguez is set to head Denver’s iconic ‘Casa Bonita’ restaurant as the executive chef.

The restaurant was recently acquired by South Park co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Fans couldn’t be more thrilled at their decision to appoint Dana, who has been a trailblazer in the local food scene.

The iconic restaurant is set to reopen its doors to the public after being shut down for nearly 20 months.

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Who is Dana Rodriguez?

Dana is a renowned Mexican-American chef.

She is credited for being the culinary mind behind two of Denver’s highly sought after restaurants Work & Class and Super Mega Bien.

Now the chef has joined forces with the Comedy Central stars and South Park co-creators Trey and Matt to revitalize the menu of Denver’s sopapilla-dispensing restaurant, Casa Bonita.

Although she is one of the most well-known faces in Denver’s food scene now, Dana’s beginnings were filled with hardships.

Her Work & Class profile reveals that she hails from Chihuahua in Mexico, where she grew up on a farm.

She moved to Colorado at a young age and got a job at Panzano, an upscale Italian restaurant in Hotel Monaco.

Dana’s life changed after she met chef Jennifer Jasinski during her time at the restaurant. The established chef took the youngling under her wings.

Dana who started her career as a dishwasher at Panzano, started gaining culinary skills soon.

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Culinary expert to head Denver’s Casa Bonita

In an interview with FOX31, the chef said, her goal was to “improve everything, but change nothing.”

She further revealed that the cafeteria-style lines will stay the same, but unlike before, all of the food will be cooked in-house. Thankfully for the restaurant’s lovers, she plans to keep the famous sopapillas as they are and will possibly add to them.

The chef has also revealed that most of the staff will remain intact. “They are so happy to be a part of it. They are just so excited,” she said.

Twitter users react to chef’s appointment

Twitter users certainly had a lot to say about the chef’s appointment at Casa Bonita. Here are some notable reactions.

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