Kitchen Collaboration |Guest Chef Hugo Ortega | September 5th
Join us on Thursday, September 5th, for a six course meal from Chef Troy Guard and James Beard Award Winning Chef Hugo Ortega, from Houston, Texas.
About Hugo Ortega – Executive Chef of H Town Restaurant Group
The Best Chef: Southwest at the prestigious 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards started with very humble beginnings. Hugo was raised in Mexico City and Puebla, Mexico, and learned his love of cooking from his mother and grandmother, a revered mole maker. At 17, he left Mexico for Houston and began his hospitality career as dishwasher/busboy at Backstreet Cafe before graduating culinary school and becoming its executive chef and owner, along with wife Tracy Vaught. His American Dream continued when they opened Hugo’s, Caracol and Xochi. Hugo is author of two cookbooks, “Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico” and “Backstreet Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes from Our Neighborhood Cafe”. Hugo and Tracy are investors in Origen restaurant in Oaxaca, Mexico, created the menu for Hugo’s Cocina at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and have partnered with celebrity chef Michael Mina to create a new concept, Mi Almita, currently open in Honolulu and opening soon in Los Angeles.