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FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE RUBEN ORTEGA EXECUTIVE PASTRY CHEF H TOWN RESTAURANT GROUP – HUGO’S, CARACOL, BACKSTREET CAFE AND XOCHI Ruben Ortega was raised in Mexico City and Puebla, Mexico, and learned his love of cooking and baking from his aunt, who taught him how to knead dough by hand in a hollow tree trunk. At age 17, Ruben left Mexico for the United States, landing in California, and eventually joined his older brother Hugo in Texas. A 1991 graduate of the Culinary Arts Program at Houston Community College, Ruben won first-place honors in 1993 at the Texas Culinary Federation’s statewide contest. Ru &V( 2FW76W'G2&Rvf"FV"'F7G'2vV2ff"B262v&WBFW76W'G2FFR6f'6FRbFRVRRv2VB7G'6VbbFPV"#2B#BW7F7VƖ'v&G2B2v&VBvF'&FW"VvB67FW"֖rG&7Gv6&3Vv'FVv( 27G&VWBfBbW6#"B&67G&VWBF6V6V6&V6W2g&W"Vv&&B6fR#2आ~( BRV&F6g&גFW"@w&FFW"BFVBFRW7F6VG6VvR7VƖ''G2&w&vN( 2FRf'7B&V6RRWfW"7FW&VCrFR7FB66W'F'F^( f'WB6( @&VV&W"v6v2f'7BvBw&VFVB6RBƗfRvFWBFPF6VBv6BB66FRf&ऒfR66FSB2גff&FRw&VFVBvBWFV66RBƗfRvFWCגfW2֖7&RB'V&&W"7GV( 2RfRFfPRff&FRff&F&RvS&6V66f6FBvB'6R6&Fff&FR6Rf"FW76W'CF( BfRP'F7V"'WBג6FVfW2FR66FP&"2FW&RfBRv( BVC6&vB2W"6f'BfC6762FƖW6B$%vBvVB&RW"7BVגFW.( 26W0&VV2Bגw&FFVƖ( 2RvBFR6VR2FRWBfBG&VCB&6VBfB&RfVvBfVvWF&BRvBFRVWBF6W'fPG&֖wVW7G3F( BvWBBbf6F'2'WBv2fR&6V66bFB6VG2vBvVBVR&R7W'&6VBFfBW R&Vg&vW&F#6'&B6Rg&&F2( 0fRBv&RW"ff&FR6Vb&W7FW&BBF66Vb&BF&&F( 2FrRW20vW6R2FW&R'F7V"fBFB2VFW&&V6FVCBvBvVBRFFVG2&WWFFB&6VBfG2fVvBfVvWF&F6W2vRF( BfRFB6W2W7FF@f7W2B&6VBF6W2gVǒRFvP6VBfRBV7BGvfVv&W7FW&G2f"WfW'7FVW6W2&RvVfVv&W7FRЧ&BRFBV7F'BFRfVVBFw&''W&FW r2#p