Meet our luchadores!


Manny Hernandez

Manny’s wisdom and expertise in Mexican cuisine was born
in the kitchens of some of the top restaurants in Chicago,
including Frontera Grill.

His unique brand of creativity helps him shine as
The Tamale Spaceship’s co-founder and manager.

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Pepe Balanzar

A Lucha Libre fan with a massive mask collection,
Pepe offers a wealth of knowledge about Mexican fine dining.

With his serving experience (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo)
and unique character, Pepe makes sure customers leave
The Tamale Spaceship feeling full and fantastic.

“I do not always eat Mexican Food, but when I do it’s always tamales.”

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Erik Arriaga

A Mexican cuisine maestro, Erik has worked with chefs such as Freddy Sanchez
and Priscila Satkoff to grow his knowledge and passion.

He is ready to make Chicago’s taste buds salivate over secret family recipes
and new, never-before-seen creations.