on Rollo and Joey Gonzalez – aka the Gonzollos – are hands down two of the most accomplished men we’ve met. As CEOs of two different companies (Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop and Barry’s Bootcamp), they live and breathe the healthy lifestyle they promote through their brands. In addition to leading their own companies, they’re also co-owners of the West Hollywood family-friendly hotspot, Au Fudge. Oh, and did we mention they’re papas to two adorable children, 2 1/2-year-old Francesca (aka Frankie) and 1-year-old Jake?! Jon and Joey have mastered the ability to run companies and the even more important ability to know when it’s time to set work aside for some quality family time. As parents to two beautiful children, they make sure that ample time is carved out of their day for quality time cooking as a family, reading books, playing outside and having a night-time routine together. As you can imagine, Frankie and Jake have two amazing role models to look up to.
Jon became a certified chef at Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago. After managing and cooking for the Rose Bud Group, as well as Patina Group in Chicago and Los Angeles, Jon decided to start his own company. In 2007, Jon opened Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, which now has 8 locations throughout California (and a 9th one coming soon!) Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop is a beautiful embodiment of Jon’s beliefs on wellness and healthy eating – something that he instills in his own children every day by engaging them in the kitchen and making sure to spend plenty of family time outdoors, including time in their own garden.
Joey has always been passionate about fitness, and in 2003 he became a loyal Barry’s Bootcamp client. From there he made his way up the professional ladder at Barry’s, beginning work as a Barry’s instructor in 2004, a general manager in 2006, partner in 2009 and CEO beginning in 2015. Needless to say, Joey staying active is an important part of his day-to-day, and he still teaches Barry’s classes amongst his other duties as CEO of the brand. Now that he’s a proud papa of Frankie and Jake, getting outside and staying active is an integral part of his life as a papa.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Jon and Joey and discuss all things food, fitness, business, and babies.
We love a good love story – How did you two meet? ❤
Jon: I took Joey’s class at Barry’s with a friend and literally feel head over heels during class. It was instant. We went on a date a few days later and that was it!
Joey: I broke all rules as he was the first and last client I ever dated.
How have your views on love and partnership changed since becoming dads?
Jon: The capacity of love grows exponentially when you have kids. I was amazed with how much my heart burst when I held our babies at first but even more so with how it continues to grow. That was about the same moment I realized my spouse is a superhero because of how challenging the balancing act of parenting is! It’s near impossible to manage it all, but with communication and teamwork, we make sure to find time for us.
Joey: One of the things that always bonded Jon and me, was our work ethic and commitment to our careers. We never had to apologize to one another or justify our ambition. Having kids has forced us to finally prioritize our time together as partners and as a family, and we’ve never felt closer. I have a whole new level of attraction and respect after seeing Jon as a Dad. The love we feel for our children is overwhelming and can not be compared to anything else in life.
In the eyes of your little ones, what do they think you do for work?
Jon: As CEO’s and entrepreneurs, we have involved our kids in our work from day one. We love what we do and we want to make sure our kids are excited about “work”. We want them to embrace the understanding that work can be fun and fulfilling, so we bring them to work all the time.
Joey: Francesca comes to watch Papa (me) teach in Venice every Saturday morning. She loves the red room, the music, my microphone, and the delicious Fuel Bar shakes. And every time we put on our workout gear, she screams “BARRYS BOOTCAMP!” She’s also made several visits to my office which are much less entertaining.
If you were given a few more hours in the day, how would you spend them? (besides sleeping – we all know parents could use about 6 more hours of sleep a night!)
Jon: If there were such a thing, I would read more; the newspaper, books, etc. That’s something that I’ve let slip to the side as I’ve become more busy.
Joey: I’d spend time communicating with the people I love. I have so many incredible friends and family and never get enough time to connect with them.
It’s a Friday night and you’re out for dinner – what are you sipping on?
Jon: Chateau Gonzollo Rosé.
Joey: Probably some annoying Keto-friendly beverage while staring at Jon drinking Rosé.
It’s a Saturday morning at the Gonzollo household – what are you cooking up for breakfast?
Jon: We LOVE cooking together – in the mornings, the kids eat eggs (Frankie likes to scramble them herself), yogurt (all kinds but low or no sugar), berries, and waffles. Joey and I are probably making ourselves a Bulletproof coffee. Or a healthy scramble.