Paul HutsonChief Operating Officer

Paul has over 30 years of food and restaurant experience. He joined Taste Buds Management in 2005 and now lends his expertise to the task of managing the Zea brand. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Paul’s restaurant career began as a way to pay for his Tulane University education. Thirty years later he’s still in New Orleans and still loving the restaurant business. Paul spent 16 years with a leading national multi-unit concept, including over five years as an Area Director of Operations. He gained expertise in the manufacturing, packaging and retail business during his three years as CEO of a local praline company. Paul has built his career by successfully tackling tough challenges, whether it’s building 12 brand-new concepts, launching 25+ new stores or retooling an entire region to increase performance.

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