Andrew Ruiz

Andrew Ruiz


October 13, 2015


The Chefs Ruiz Catering


What current projects are you working on?

I am starting a green delivery system for lunch in the downtown, Uptown, and the Old West End neighborhoods.  I will be making delicious, healthy, and fresh food that I will then bring to my customer’s doorstep by bike.

I have been developing a line of unique spice blends for the growing group of well-educated eaters.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

The affordable cost of living, growing food scene, collaborative and innovative mindset the people have here makes the community one that stands out!  Plus…the four seasons and it’s diversity gives me reason to celebrate all year.

Tell us about one of your greatest successes:

The first year I decided to ride my bike 12 months straight, I logged 1,500 miles.  

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

What inspires me is music. Pandora on shuffle plays the soundtrack of my life and I am seldom without it.  Who inspires me would be my parents for showing me what dedication, loyalty, and work ethic look like.  My wife, Tracy Plumb-Ruiz, inspires me by helping me to understand the nature of patient love. Other chefs with their examples of craftsmanship ignite the passion in me to seek new food and authentic expression.

Tell us about your background:

I grew up 8 miles from Hicksville, and never felt like I fit out there.  I was raised by migrant workers and share croppers who sought education and the American dream.  I was wild as hell as a kid, a teenager, and young adult. I was forever pushing the limits of authority and questioning the boundaries of polite society.  I spent 7 years in the Boy scouts of America and got their highest award, Eagle Scout.  I tried college a few different ways before attending culinary school when I was 26.  


Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

“Your choice of action may be limited, but your choice of thought is not.” Abraham Hicks

“Thoughts become things” Abraham Hicks

Favorite place for local culture?

Sophia Quintero Art and Cultural Center

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

The revitalization that is happening in North Toledo

My favorite place to chill locally is . . . 

Black Kite Coffee or The Attic

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . . 

On the bike path under I -280.


When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . .

My beautiful wife’s side.


If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .

It would be to bring awareness that each individual is solely responsible for the creation of their world and success.

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

Obviously I collaborate with my wife and business partner, Tracy Plumb-Ruiz!

I am also collaborating with DiAnn Guerrero of Toledo Flavors on a line of spice blends she will use as a marketing tool for her walking food tour, as well as a series of cooking demos at WS Designs on Jefferson.

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without:

Bruce Lee’s “Tao of Jeet Kune Do”

3 words that best describe me or my work are: 

Creative, eclectic, loyal

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Blood Sugar Sex Magic,” Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic 2001,” Regina Spektor mix, Gogol Bordello mix, Beastie Boys, “Paul’s Boutique.”

My biggest vice is . . .

A coin toss between ice cream and craft beers.


I'd like to see ______ in Toledo. 

I’d like to see a cycling infrastructure that isn’t being designed, built and funded due to vehicle traffic in Toledo.

What’s the last dream you recall having?

I was standing on the street and witnessed former mayor Carty Finkbeiner being photographed from all angles picking up snubbed out cigarettes to smoke.

The last lyric that moved me was . . .

”In corridors full of tear gas/ our destines jammed every day

Like deleted scenes from Kafka / flushed down the bureaucratic drain  

If you give me the invitation / to hear the bells of freedom chime,

to hell with your double standards, / we’re coming rougher every time!”

Gogol Bordello, Immigrada 

One movie character I identify with is . . .

Jason Statham in Revolver, until I woke up.

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

My four daughters.


My most inspiring moment was/is . . .

In the realization that multiple blessings are born of the balance of taking care of oneself and giving to others through that strength.

I want my last meal to be . . .

Telaggio grits, poached eggs, and bitter greens


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