Taste Buds Management, the New Orleans-based restaurant group owner of Zea Rotisserie & Bar and Semolina, has promoted Paul Hutson to chief executive officer from chief operating officer.
Zea has locations in Covington, Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Lafayette and Ridgeland, Mississippi. Semolina is in Metairie.
Hutson has over 35 years of food, manufacturing and full-service restaurant experience. He joined Taste Buds in 2005 as vice president of operations and has helped the organization with its growth, including the opening of the Zea restaurants in Denham Springs and Ridgeland.
“Since 2005, Paul has proven to be a visionary leader with superb execution abilities. We’re confident his background and food and beverage experience is well suited to lead the company’s next phase of growth and success,” said Greg Reggio, owner of Taste Buds Management.
Hutson is originally from Dallas and graduated from Tulane University.
Zea and Semolina were created by Hans Limburg, Gary Darling and Greg Reggio, collectively known as the Taste Buds.
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