Alexis Samayoa is corporate chef of the Latin restaurants of Street Guys Hospitality, in charge of menu development of TTT and Buena Vida in Silver Spring, Md., and three concepts under one roof in Clarendon, Va.: TTT Mexican Diner, Buena Vida Clarendon and Buena Vida Social Club.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y. and graduate of The Art Institute of New York City, Samayoa got his start in 2002 as chef do partie at WD-50 in New York City. He went on to be sous chef of Txikito and then chef de cuisine of Empellón Taqueria, followed by La Esquina and El Vez, all in New York. His first executive chef position was at Tocolo Cantina in Garden City, N.Y. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 2015 to be the opening executive chef of Espita Mezcaleria. He went on to work for Mike Isabella Concepts and most recently was executive chef of RJS Companies, overseeing foodservice operations for Takoda and Cortez.