Jonah Gomes may be quiet in person, but he’s got the chops and leadership skills to keep a kitchen running smoothly. After graduating in 2002 from the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, Gomes completed his internship the following year at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska before taking his talents on the road to Northern California. He served as sous chef at the Jambalaya Bistro in Arcata, not far from Eureka. It was there that he met his future wife, Vanessa, while she was finishing her Master’s Degree at Humboldt State University. The couple married in 2007, then moved to Tucson in 2008 to be closer to Vanessa’s family while they started a family of their own. Most recently, Gomes served as the chef at Casino del Sol’s Festa Buffet. Here’s what he had to say about his new role at Gentle Ben’s.