Meet the Staff Mondays


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Michael Ortega

Sous Chef

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Michael Ortega was born in the Philippines and moved to Texas when he was three years old. He’s currently been working for CYJ-Texas for one year. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in 2012 with a degree in culinary arts, Michael went on to work at The Hyatt and The Driskill in downtown Austin. Michael lives in South Austin and hopes one day to own a restaurant or bed and breakfast somewhere in Northern California or Washington. He prefers dogs to cats, and when he’s not working, he enjoys camping, hiking and pretty much anything outdoors.

Favorite food: Tacos

He’s never without: Coffee and music

Favorite motto: Hakuna Matata

If you really knew him, you’d know: I love brunch