Hugo has been working at Paulie’s since early June of 2019, but has been part of the Paulie’s family for over a year now. Having worked at Camerata for a little over a year, Hugo was eager to expand his knowledge and experience from the wine bar to the Paulie’s counter.
Although born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (a.k.a. the cidade maravilhosa, or the marvelous city), Hugo moved to Houston at a very early age due to his father’s job at Compaq. He has a younger brother and sister living here as well, but the grandparents, uncles, and cousins are all back in Brazil. Moving to a country with absolutely no friends or family can be tough, but the Paraizo family (like most Brazilians) faced the prospect with eager optimism. Growing up in Cypress was extremely different from life in Rio, but Hugo and the family quickly acclimated themselves.
After graduating from Langham Creek High School in 2014 Hugo went on to study engineering at Texas A&M in College Station. After a little over a year he realized that engineering was not for him, so he went back home to contemplate his future. That is when he fell in love with cooking. It became an almost daily tradition to try out new dishes, and to experience different cultures through their cuisine. This was one of the things that truly captivated Hugo’s attention and passion, so he decided to enroll as a nutrition major at the University of Houston after completing his Associate’s from LoneStar College. He remains a student at UH where he balances a 40-hour work week with his part to full time school schedule. Other than cooking, Hugo is a huge fan of watching and playing soccer in his spare time. With friends, he loves to go out and try new restaurants and go to the movies.
Starting at Paulie’s has been a refreshing experience for Hugo. The high-octane environment is exhilarating to work in, and being in the heart of the Montrose food scene is a plus in and of itself.