Pastry Chef / Master Chocolatier / Gelatier
Chef Oscar Ortega was born in Mexico City where his culinary inspiration began. After realizing his passion & skill for culinary creations, he decided to begin his studies in pastry arts at Cast Alimenti, Italy. Ortega furthered his education by attending various courses in pastry, chocolate and sugar work. His abilities and passion for pastries grew, expanding and working years throughout the UK, Italy, France and USA.
In 2004 Ortega opened his first pastry shop, Cioccolato in Jackson Hole, Wyoming USA. This is where he created his first exclusive line of Artisan Chocolates and Fine Confections. Shortly thereafter, he took the opportunity and formed the first Mexican Pasty Team to compete in International pastry competitions. In 2009 Cioccolato expanded and was renamed Atelier Ortega (AO). Today AO is a thriving business that produces an extensive variety of Artisan Chocolates, Desserts, Entremets, Gelato, Confections, Artisan Bread and Viennoiserie serving its global customer base.
In peruse of culinary perfection in 2009 Chef Ortega became the first Mexican Chocolate Master, and represented his country in the World Chocolate Masters Finals. He also competed at the World Pastry Team Championship 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012. Le Mondial des Arts du Sucre, Paris in 2008, 2012. 2014 and 2018. He also competed at the very prestigious Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in 2007. Gelato World Cup 2012, 2014, 2016 in Rimini Italy, 2016. Later that year he competed at the world pastry champions in Milan Italy and won the award for Best Pralines in the World, one of the most important and prestigious pastry and chocolate award. He has participated and awarded in many other national and international pastry, chocolate and gelato competitions. Ortega’s work has been featured in Television specials (PBS, TLC, Discovery Channel, Food Network, Travel Channel) as well as being featured in pastry and food national and international magazines.
In 2011 Chef Ortega was named one of the top 10 pastry chefs in America, and became the head pastry coach for the USA pastry team club that competes in Le Mondial des Arts du Sucre in Paris.
In 2012 Chef Ortega opened his 2nd shop in Jackson Hole, WY CocoLove. This is his retail boutique that carries his exclusive lines of Artisan Chocolates, Gelato, Desserts, Confections & a variety of Artisan breads.
Additionally, Chef Ortega works as a pastry consultant and as a corporate pastry chef for a gourmet products distribution company where he helps his clients to achieve culinary success.