Guillermo Thomas was born in Gijon, Spain and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1987 he graduated from Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island and apprenticed as sous chef at Great Chef Nitzi Rabin’s Chillingsworth Restaurant on Cape Cod. He became the executive chef of the Queen Ann Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts and then executive chef of Rabin’s Chills Bistro in Vail, Colorado.
In 1995 he was lured to Nashville to become the executive chef of the historic Heritage Hotel’s “Capitol Grille”, which is where Great Chefs found him in 1997 for their Great Chefs of the South television series for the Discovery Channel.
In 2001, Chef Willy Thomas, as he is known, went on his own to open the Park Café. He and his wife, Yvette, opened a second restaurant five years later called Eastland Café, and six years later in 2012, they opened their third restaurant, Pomodoro East.
Address: 701 Porter Rd, Nashville, TN 37206