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Executive Chef - Tortilla Jo's
A native of Mexico, Jose Estrada is a product of the Patina Restaurant Group’s intensive training program—working his way up from dishwasher to executive chef at a major resort restaurant. "I haven’t had the benefit of a culinary school education, but I’ve always been a very hard worker, and the Patina organization believed in me," he says.
Estrada began his career at Catal & Uva Bar, a Patina Restaurant Group property in Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA, where he had an opportunity to learn about the cooking of Spain and other Mediterranean countries. He was originally hired as a dishwasher, but several chefs noticed Estrada’s keen interest in cooking and nurtured his passion. At the restaurant, he was exposed to European culinary techniques, some of which he could trace to the cooking he grew up with, and he was intrigued by the dramatic contrasts between the cuisines of Spain and his native Mexico. Through his dedication, he earned his stripes working his way up the kitchen brigade. “With guidance and encouragement from others, I was able to work myself first onto the line and eventually, after about 10 years, into the position of chef de cuisine," he says.
Estrada modestly describes his own culinary style as "very strict, very simple, but with bold flavors." In 2011, he assumed the executive chef position at Tortilla Jo’s, where his lifelong experience with authentic Mexican cuisine coupled with his kitchen expertise continues to shape the menu. Constantly striving to learn more, Estrada identifies researching methods of molecular gastronomy as his favorite hobby, next to spending time with his wife and son. The 38-year-old doesn’t forget the persistence that earned him the title of executive chef and is a dedicated mentor to any dishwasher who displays some curiosity about cooking professionally. “I always support people who want to learn and better themselves," Estrada says. “Because of my own experience, I really enjoy teaching others how to develop flavors in their foods."
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