"I've been dreaming about Spanglish Eats since I was a kid," says Chef Javier. "Now that I finally have my own catering company, I get the privilege to share my favorite home-style American and Latino dishes with others. I have the best job EVER!"
Spanglish Eats empanadas
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Torrey Gardens Cafe. San Diego, CA Chef and Owner. 1-2 yrs Spanglish Eats. San Diego, CA Chef & Owner. 3+ yrs To The Point Cafe. San Diego, CA Lead Line Cook. 2-3 yrs Prep Kitchen. San Diego, CA Line Cook Whisknladle. La Jolla, CA Line Cook Jersey Boys Diner. Imperial Beach, CA Lead Line Cook The Kitchen at the Shores. La Jolla, CA Lead Line Cook Cafe 222. San Diego, CA Line Cook Papalulu's Catering. San Diego, CA Cook/Prep
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
Leadership Menu development TV/radio guest appearances Staff training HACCP trained/certified Knife skills
I was born and raised in Corona, New York City, a diverse
neighborhood in the borough of Queens. The multicultural community helped to
shape my ambition for success, no-holds barred personality and a hunger
for all things yummy.
I am the first generation off-spring of immigrant parents. A strong sense of
pride and work ethics were a matter of fact in the Ortega household. Growing
up in an extended bi-lingual family there was always a reason to entertain and
most importantly COOK!! There was never a shortage of deliciousness at my
family gatherings (which happened quite often).
Very early in my childhood, I found myself following my appetite and
nose to the heart of all cooking households - the kitchen - the center of
all things tasty and comforting (mom included). What started out as hunger and
curiosity quickly developed into practice, participation, and a profound
respect for my family's ability to feed an army.
I finally decided to
pursue my passion for food and hospitality full-time in 2007 when my wife Krista and I moved to San Diego. Since then, I've fast tracked my career and
have cooked for seven different restaurants and catering companies learning
different styles and flavor profiles from each and incorporating them into my
brand of food.
Spanglish Eats is my vision of the best home-style American and