Chef Fermin Nunez
Jerry's Famous Coffee Shop
Chef Fermin's career extends over 20 years of ongoing learning, training and experience in the culinary trade. His passion to become a chef started in his mom's kitchen, during his teenage years. In 1986, he landed his first food-related job at Macayo's Mexican Restaurant working as a Prep Cook. The time spent at Macayo's allowed Fermin's fondness of the culinary world to grow much stronger.
In 1989, Fermin became part of the Jerry's Nugget family as a Dish Washer. Within eight months of cleaning dishes, he quickly transitioned into the cooking department as First Cook. His daily, hard-core tasks involved doing just about everything in the kitchen! From prepping salads, cooking steaks and prime rib, and storing ingredients for inventory.
In 1994, Fermin's hard work and devotion paid off and he advanced to the job title of Sous Chef. During this time, he learned many savvy cooking techniques, taught entry-level cooks, mastered the secret ingredients among popular food specials at Jerry's Nugget, and managed cost control in the food department. Fermin further strengthened his skills by studying at the College of Southern Nevada with an emphasis in the Culinary Arts and Sanitation and Nutrition.
Then in 1997, Fermin received another promotion as an assistant to the Executive Chef. From there, he perfected his cooking skills to finer foods dealing with French, Mexican, Greek and American cuisines. Because of his unending passion to learn the culinary arts, Fermin is now the Executive Chef of Jerry's Famous Coffee Shop. Fermin is excited and welcomes the everyday challenges. The best part about his job is that he gets to work together with Ana Nunez, his baby sister and Pastry Head Chef of the Jerry's Nugget Bakery. Fermin looks forward to creating new and tasty dishes that will delight his guests and above all, he is fond of teaching and growing with Jerry's Nugget.
Chef Raul Villa
Uncle Angelo's Bakery
Chef Raul Villa comes to the Jerry's Nugget bakery team with 21 years of experience in pastry art. His passion for creating delicious and heavenly desserts came to him at a young age, where he was fond of sweets. Born and raised in Visalia, California, Chef Raul enrolled in T. Cove, a culinary school providing training in pastry making and design as a high school student.
In 1985, Chef Raul relocated to Las Vegas where he worked in major hotels and casinos at the Strip. He started as a Baker position at the Flamingo Hilton and two years later, he worked for the Showboat Hotel and Casino as an assistant to the Executive Pastry Chef. His next career move was Executive Pastry Chef at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in 1999. Most of his time spent here was crafting sugar pieces and chocolate sculptures and entering them into local competitions. He won many awards for his astounding designs. In 2003, he moved to the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino as a Master Baker, focusing on perfecting his skills in sugar and chocolate display arrangements for MGM's special events. Raul's accomplishments include working with renowned chefs, Hubert Keller and Chef Laurent Pillard. His dessert pieces have been featured on Las Vegas publications such as Town and Country, Bon Appetite and Food and Beverage Magazine. Raul has made special television appearances on "Celebrity Chef" and The Food Network Channel.
In 2009, Jerry's Nugget welcomed Chef Raul as Executive Pastry Chef. His duties include preparing new and signature cakes, desserts and breads for Jerry's Famous Coffee Shop, Uncle Angelo's Pizza Joint and Uncle Angelo's Bakery. As part of his personality, Chef Raul strives for unique flavor and design for everything he makes. His bakery creations are made with high quality ingredients, a wonderful marry to the Jerry's Nugget line of fresh, wholesome food.
When you're at Jerry's Nugget, make sure you try one of Chef Raul's sweet treats. We're sure you'll become a fan instantly!