Hugo Ortega


About Hugo Ortega

The winner of Best Chef: Southwest at the prestigious 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards started with very humble beginnings. Hugo has published two cookbooks: Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico (2012) and Backstreet Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes from Our Neighborhood Cafe (2013). He was a James Beard Award finalist for six consecutive years, 2012-2017. Hugo is one of Houston’s most acclaimed chefs and believes that a chef is only as good as the last meal he cooked. He remains a fixture in his four restaurant kitchens, is an avid bicyclist, and enjoys spending time at the beach with his family.

  • Nominee for Best Chef: Southwest
    James Beard Foundation
  • Chef of the Year
    Houston Culinary Awards

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  • Award of Excellence
    Wine Spectator
  • Guest chef
    James Beard House
  • Restaurant of the Year (Hugo's)
    Houston Press
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in Houston
  • Best Chef, Southwest (2017)
    James Beard Foundation

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