Born in El Paso and raised in Ciudad Juarez, Chef Jorge Ortiz (or “Monstro”, as he’s known by many) is a proud El Pasoan with a love for his region and an obsession with really good food.
Chef Jorge began his career early in life, working under his grandmother at their family restaurant “Fonda” in downtown Cd. Juarez. Over the years, Chef Jorge, has worked at various restaurants in the region including, Red and White, Crave, Hoppy Monk and Anson 11, where he began as a prep cook and later promoted to Chef de Cuisine. Chef Jorge also has experience working abroad at Pujol in Mexico City, Atelier Crenn in San Francisco and as Executive Chef at Chinooks in Seward Alaska. He also recently participated in the El Saber del Sabor festival in Oaxaca, Mexico where he worked alongside some of the Mexico’s greatest chefs.
Currently he is one of the Chefs de Cuisine at Taft Diaz, inside the Stanton House Hotel where the approach is one of vanguardia style cooking , where the focus is to work with as many local ingredients as possible and redefine what the cooking scene is in El Paso.
Chef Javier is currently one of the Chefs de Cuisine at Taft Diaz, a restaurant located inside of Stanton House, El Paso’s first locally-owned and operated boutique property in downtown El Paso. Working at Taft Diaz, where there is an emphasis on the incorporation of local ingredients, has allowed Chef Javier to help shape the local culinary scene.