Hugo Ortega was born in Mexico City. He graduated from Houston Community College’s Culinary Arts program in November 1992 and assumed the role of chef at Backstreet Cafe; he became executive chef in 1995. He has made two guest-chef appearances at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. In 1999, he was named "Up-and-Coming Chef of the Year," by My Table magazine; and a top chef by Inside Houston magazine. He is a member of the national organization Chefs Collaborative 2000. Hugo’s was named Restaurant of the Year by both the Houston Press and My Table magazines. In 2011, Ortega was named Chef of the Year at the prestigious Houston Culinary Awards. Penny de los Santos is an award winning internationally published photographer. She began photographing as a way to understand her own diverse cultural background and identity. She is senior contributing photographer to Saveur magazine and a contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine. In addition to photographing cookbooks, she has been on assignment to Martha Stewart Living, Time magazine, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Mother Jones, Texas Monthly, and many other periodicals.
This cookbook took me back 30 years .it brought back my wonderful childhood street food and family memorie.i love the Easy authentic Mexican recipes.Published 8 months ago by Marissa jones
My grandmother is from Mexico and likes to cook recipes similar to her own from different regions. It's easy to follow, has a great glossary for terms, and is visually striking. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jennifer
We are business owners who have been loyal customers of Hugo's, for many (many) years. This book is filled with wonderful recipes. Read morePublished 15 months ago by sdf
The story of Hugo Ortega is a rags to riches one that most people dream of. Hugo began working at Backstreet Cafe. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mercedes Ramos