Hugo Ortega

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.

My Venues

  • Hugo's
    1600 Westheimer Rd
    Houston, TX
  • Xochi
    1777 Walker St Ste A
    Houston, TX


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

Where I Go Out

Behind the Scenes

What's for dinner? How about
"What's for dinner? How about something from our seasonal #SquashBlossom menu? Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza ~ three quesadillas stuffed with squash blossoms and Oaxacan cheese served with roasted tomatillo salsa."
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Today's special ... Caldo
"Today's special ... Caldo Largo de Mariscos! It is available at #Lunch and #Dinner - come try it and let us know what you think. If it's a winner, it might be added to the permanent menu!"
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How about a #Mexican street
"How about a #Mexican street food classic for lunch? Tlayuda ~ oversized, housemade blue corn tortilla stuffed with grilled chopped skirt steak and housemade Oaxacan quesillo, served with arroz a la Mexicana and small watercress salad."
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@eater just announced
"@eater just announced @bill_addison's list of the 38 Essential Restaurants in #Texas and we are thrilled to be included - muchisimas gracias! P.S. Bill, we love your photo of our #chilaquiles!"
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At My Venues