Wait, so there's such a thing as a Guacamologist? Yes. Actually, there are a number of them in Dallas, and they are quite literally what you would imagine them to be: experts in guacamole.
The term "Guacamologist" was originated by the staff at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas who were hoping to create a defining moment of the day for their guests. They created a guacamole ritual and trained their employees in the art of its preparation. Once the Guacamologist was born, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas patented the term.
As avocados have grown in popularity, so has guacamole (even when it has watermelon chunks), and the idea of a career in guacamole is exhilarating. Unfortunately, it's not quite what it sounds like. While the The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas Guacamologists are self-proclaimed experts in guacamole and full-time chefs, they are not actually devoting their lives to creating perfect guacamole. Rather, each Guacamologist makes a large bowl of guacamole once or twice a week to serve to hotel guests and visitors from 6 to 6:30 p.m. every day.
The guacamole itself is fantastic, according to the constant stream of guests. Their frequent visits were accompanied by raving compliments. The chips and guacamole even outperformed the free mini-margaritas next to them.
According to Guacamologist Chuy Montanez, the guacamole is always made from scratch. Guacamologists ensure there is nothing brown or wrong with the avocados.
They are trained in proper procedures, including adding sour cream and their signature "secret" ingredient, roasted garlic. Montanez, the newest Guacamologist with only three months of experience, said it took plenty of practice to perfect the dishes. Some of his first attempts had too much lime or too little salt, and the others trained in guacamole could always tell the difference.
As is, the recipe is "the perfect combination. You can't go wrong with it," Monatez said, although given his own preference he would keep the jalapeño seeds in.
Monatez has been told it's the best guacamole in town, but he aspires for title of best guacamole in the country. Even so, he plans to add the title to his resume. Afterall, even if it's not a full time career, being a Guacamologist is a pretty admirable title.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is the only location with a Guacamologist. Other locations, such as Lake Tahoe, have similar experiences with other experts, such as a Marshmologists, who creates s'mores each night.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas Signature Guacamole
Ingredients: 8-9 large Hass avocados, halved, seeded and peeled. 4-5 jalapenos, seeded and fine diced. 1/2 large red onion, fine diced. 2 medium tomatoes, cored, seeded and fine diced. 2 limes, juiced. 1 bunch cilantro leaves picked and finely chopped. 1 head of roasted garlic. 3 teaspoons kosher salt. 2 tablespoons sour cream.
Directions: Rub a large serving bowl with 4-5 cloves of roasted garlic. Add the avocado pulp and mash with a wire whisk. Fold in all remaining ingredients. Lay plastic wrap directly on guacamole, pushing out any air. Keep chilled until ready to serve.