Sip & Savor Spring

MARCH 28 - 31, 2019

In The Know Volunteer

Hugo Ortega


  • Thursday, March 15th: James Beard Foundation Dinner     view event


Hugo Ortega is executive chef of four of Houston’s top restaurants – Hugo’s, Caracol, Backstreet Cafe and Xochi, which he owns with wife Tracy Vaught under the umbrella of H Town Restaurant Group.  Ortega received the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest at the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards in May 2017 (he was a six-time consecutive finalist for the award 2012-2017).


He was raised in Mexico City and Puebla, Mexico, and learned his love of cooking from his mother and grandmother, a revered mole maker. At age 17, he left Mexico for Houston, where he began his career in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher and busboy at Backstreet Cafe before graduating from the Culinary Arts Program at Houston Community College and later becoming its executive chef.


Ortega is author of two cookbooks, Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico (2012) and Backstreet Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes from Our Neighborhood Café (2013).  Ortega and Vaught are also partners in Origen restaurant in Oaxaca, Mexico, and recently opened Hugo’s Cocina, a fast-casual version of Hugo’s, in Terminal D of Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).


  • All persons must be of legal drinking age or older to attend most events
  • No dogs or pets are allowed at any event venues
  • Any advance discount tickets are released in limited quantities and can sell out at any time without notice
  • All tickets sales are final & non-refundable
  • All events are rain or shine & event programs are subject to change without notice

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