Meet the 11 Texas Olympians Heading to Tokyo, Honoring Lunar New Year Traditions in Texas. If you are an existing subscriber and haven't set up an account, please register for an online account. An additional dining room on the third floor with original windows and exposed brick walls. “La Gloria speaks of my journey through Mexico. Don't have an account? Chef Johnny Hernandez: Explosive! Guests see elaborate sculptures, colorful paper banners fluttering from the ceiling, and, at the newest location, a cluster of tin angel wings that provide a fun photo op before a meal. Chef Johnny Hernandez never stops moving. The sink hangs off the building near the garden and close to the spot where Hernandez plans to put in a lap pool. The chef met The Rivard Report Tuesday at the beautiful new hacienda he now calls home. 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I don’t think I left that kitchen for a year and a half, two years,” he says, “It took us a good while to configure a kitchen to do street foods efficiently and to execute as if you were at a taco stand in a city in Mexico — or as if you were a vendor that sells sopes. “My sister was at the register. Although he’d had limited exposure to other types of cuisine, Hernandez got more experience than most growing up. Check out the menu for The Fruteria Botanero by Chef Johnny Hernandez.The menu includes breakfast / lunch, dinner / cocktail, and weekend brunch / cocktail. "I'm going to grow something on them someday!" El Machito, which opened in 2014, features mesquite-grilled meats in traditional Mexican styles, including the chef’s signature cabrito asado, a special preparation of goat meat. “There’s nothing more difficult than going against tradition,” says Chef Johnny Hernandez, who opened his San Antonio restaurant, La Gloria, in 2010. "I've always dreamt of having a basement cellar," Hernandez says. Check us out on social media. “How authentic do you go? instagram facebook twitter. “As a chef, you get all excited, thinking, ‘I’m going to introduce different styles and ingredients and spices,’” he says. “Chopping, peeling, sautéing — those are things I grew up doing,” Hernandez says. He has created Kitchen Campus, an after-school program for middle school students. But Hernandez … An entrepreneur even as a child, Johnny would take breakfast tacos from his dad’s restaurant and sell or barter them at school. Chef Johnny Hernandez is among those in the hospitality industry who give back to the community. Official Facebook Page for Chef Johnny Hernandez Chef Johnny Hernandez is living proof that you can come home again. A sitting room off of Hernandez's living quarters, which feature a stocked bar, living room, and bedroom, showcases more of his Mexican treasures, like a leopard mask from Chilpanchigo and other masks that are made by the Orta family of Morelia, Michoacán. An outdoor staircase leads to the basement, Hernandez's second big renovation project after completing the first floor, where he resides. “But you think, ‘Why hasn’t anyone done it?’ You think, ‘Well, maybe it won’t work.’”. Corn stalks grow in a field located about 20 minutes from where his dad’s old café once stood. Back To Top Otherwise, try again or reset your password. It’s a story from the heart.”. “There was a lot of conversation,” Hernandez says. With help from his brother, Hernandez still runs his catering company, which also operates a hacienda-like venue called Casa Hernan near downtown San Antonio. Chef Johnny Hernandez Ceviche Verde Amounts: Ingredients: 1 lb Pacific halibut or other firm-fleshed fish, fresh, chopped into 1/2-inch cubes 1 tsp Kosher salt, plus more, to taste 3 Tbsp Lime juice, fresh 2ea Avocados, peeled, pitted and diced 3/4 C Green olives, sliced 1/2 C Tomatillo, diced If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. La Gloria, however, worked from opening day, probably because its chef fully committed to the concept, even incorporating “Street Foods of Mexico” into the restaurant logo. The small kitchen on the third floor features an all marble sink and hand painted walls with large windows that look out onto the street below. Sorry, we’re unable to find an account with that username and password. The masks are made by Prudencio Guzman of Tonalá, Jalisco. For this year's Cinco de Mayo fiesta, you can find Hernandez at La Gloria, where he will be celebrating the restaurant's eighth anniversary with elotes, paletas, and margaritas. Hernandez will keep historic elements like the fireplace in a bedroom on the third floor intact throughout the renovation. Hernandez is a successful caterer and chef-turned-maverick restaurateur in this hotbed of Tex-Mex eateries, thanks to his devotion to the most authentic of cuisine — Mexican street food. An investor befriended Hernandez through True Flavors and encouraged him to open his Mexican restaurant at his new development — a remarkable complex along the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Walk on the site of the historic Pearl Brewery. Paella Challenge for Education Por: @DoreenColondres www.LaCocinaNoMuerde.com La ciudad de San Antonio, Texas, me llena de orgullo invitándome a ser jurado del Corona Paella Challenge que se celebra el próximo domingo, 26 de marzo de 2017. San Antonio chef Johnny Hernandez prepares food at the White House for the First Family's Cinco de Mayo fiesta on May 5, 2016. Chef Johnny Hernandez was invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House alongside San Antonio chefs Steve McHugh and Elizabeth Johnson in celebration of … he says. Hernandez is one of several innovators based at Pearl: Chef Steve McHugh of Cured — which specializes in farm-to-table American dishes — was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award as Best Chef: Southwest last spring; and longtime San Antonio-based chef Andrew Weissman dishes up Italian favorites at Il Sogno Osteria and serves seafood at The Sandbar. 7,245 Followers, 405 Following, 550 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Chef Johnny Hernandez (@iamchefjohnny) Chef Johnny Hernandez outside the grand front doors of his home. Mike Sutter /San Antonio Express-News Show More Show Less … He works with many artisans in Mexico for the pieces found in his home and restaurants. From tacos al pastor in Mexico City, tlayudas in Oaxaca, to coctéles de mariscos from Veracruz, Mexico’s street foods are as unique and colorful as its traditions, people and culture. The three-story brick building on a corner in San Antonio’s Southside neighborhood tends to stop passersby in their tracks. Hernandez, 47, learned to cook from his dad, who owned a neighborhood Mexican café on San Antonio’s west side. With help from his family, he started True Flavors in 1994. The restaurant has been lauded in the pages of Bon Appétit, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, and other high-profile magazines. The upper levels are a stark, muted contrast to the colorful first floor. 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He was raised on them. “La Gloria has been such a success that it’s challenging. “Everyone loved my dad’s food,” Hernandez says, adding that catering gigs became part of how the family spent weekends. Five of Our Favorite Cinco de Mayo Cocktails, How Texas Restaurants Are Dealing With Coronavirus Panic, Spring Break Itinerary: Four Family-Friendly Days in San Antonio, Made in Texas: Psychic Outlaw Turns Quilts Into Jackets, Texas Monthly Recommends: A Funky Austin Vintage Shop, “This Pandemic Isn’t Finished With Us Yet. I’m really going to embrace the theme of street food,’” Hernandez says. The stories you want, in one weekly newsletter. Hernandez has used La Gloria to spotlight food-stall fare from Mexico’s mountain and coastal towns by preparing it with the freshest ingredients in the most traditional ways. More sculptures are scattered around the grounds, like this dress form Hernandez found in Tlaquepague, Jalisco. Style & Design Chef Johnny Hernandez Turns His Home Into an Art-filled Wonderland. La Gloria’s riverside vibe served as an early cornerstone of the revitalized complex, dubbed Pearl, now home to shops, condos, restaurants, and the dazzling new Hotel Emma, not to mention the third location of the Culinary Institute of America. Hernandez, who bought it in 2012, has been gradually renovating it, filling it with his many Mexican art pieces and artifacts, and adding more of his own touches, like a garden, a pond filled with koi imported from Japan, and the transformation of the historic basement into a wine cellar and tequila tasting room. He grew up in San Antonio, where his father, a Mexican migrant worker with a second grade education, owned Johnny’s Cafeteria and Catering. “I wasn’t doing French food, but I could apply those skills and pick up quickly.”. One thing you won’t find at La Gloria: enchiladas drowning in cheese and refried beans. He was selected to help with the opening of The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and worked at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, Calif., before he returned to San Antonio. Ver los perfiles de las personas que se llaman Jonay Hernández. Chef Johnny Hernandez recognized as the guest chef at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the White House ChefJohnnyHernandez uploaded a video 6 years ago 4:00 “There’s nothing more difficult than going against tradition,” says Chef Johnny Hernandez, who opened his San Antonio restaurant, La Gloria, in 2010. Leave them blank to get signed up. Chef Johnny Hernandez: I’m always wanting to stay on the fringe of what diners want to discover about Mexican food and I feel like our visitors are some of the most adventurous eaters and always willing to try new food items. Get our weekly newsletter, filled with good reads, news analysis—and updates on special events. His father, the son of Mexican migrant farmhands, gravitated toward cooking himself, staying behind in the kitchen with his grandmother when his parents traveled to different cities to work. “There were so many different conversations and so many thoughts, trying to make a very calculated decision to introduce something new to a community that is very grounded in Tex-Mex tradition.”. Hernandez was named a Top 5 Hispanic Chef in America by Siempre Mujer magazine and served as a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef. Instagram/Burgerteca Show More Show Less 14 of 69 San Antonio chef Johnny Hernandez was part of a Cinco de Mayo event at the White House in … “I opened it six and a half years ago, but I thought about it for 10,” Hernandez says. We will not sell your information to third parties. Check us out on social media. Even though Hernandez's house is filled with hundreds of paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures by Mexican artisans, he can recall how and when he acquired each one with great detail. In trendy Southtown, The Frutería draws on traditions of Mexican fruit stands and serves innovative tapas. But he longed for Texans to experience more authentic Mexican cuisine. “I ultimately said, ‘I believe it’s the time to do it. “I understood our local traditions and cuisine very well growing up here.”. Does all this Tex-Mex talk have you in a cooking mood? Also see photos and tips from visitors. Sure, Hernandez feels the love for such Tex-Mex classics. The screened porch off of Hernandez's living room is most often used as a place to enjoy his morning coffee before he's off to one of his restaurants like La Gloria in the Pearl or his latest, Burgerteca and Villa Rica. The menu at La Gloria looks different than San Antonio’s classic Tex-Mex joints and represents more than a decade’s worth of dreams — along with a few risks. Courtesy Johnny Hernandez/Facebook Show More Show Less 2 … Hernandez is gradually restoring the building, one level at a time. It took a lot of thought and fine-tuning to deliver that.”. He founded True Flavors Culinary Concepts, San Antonio's premier catering company, in 1994. “I understood our local traditions and cuisine very well growing up here.” Official Facebook Page for Chef Johnny Hernandez Official Facebook Page for Chef Johnny Hernandez In a town where Mexican food dominates cuisine, celebrated Chef Johnny Hernandez is redefining the culinary landscape with his latest achievement, La Gloria Ice House. Chef Johnny Hernández, embajador de la ciudad, chef y propietario de La Gloria, The Frutería, El Machito … A truly authentic interior Mexican food experience, La Gloria Ice House is inspired by and glorifies the richly diverse street foods of Mexico. Chef Johnny Hernandez opens El Machito, a restaurant that celebrates Mexican-style grilling, in San Antonio, Texas. Johnny Hernandez is a chef, entrepreneur, and founder and president of Grupo La Gloria and True Flavors Inc. Life and career. It’s a success story that started with humble roots. Along with his extensive wine cellar are more pieces from his Mexican art collection and several large dining tables that he uses for tequila tasting parties with friends. The CIA’s presence has invigorated the food scene in San Antonio and provides talent to fuel its culinary renaissance. Ivannia Hernández is on Facebook. 1 of 4 The Frutería-Botanero from chef Johnny Hernandez at the Steel House Lofts on South Flores Street. Hernandez has been invited to prepare this year’s Cinco de Mayo dinner at […] The post Chef Johnny Hernandez Cooking in the White House appeared first on Rivard Report . Johnny Hernandez Wiki: Salary, Married, Wedding, Spouse, Family Chef Johnny Hernandez (born November 13, 1968) is a Latino chef and graduate from the Culinary Institute of America-Hyde Park in New York. Three brothers who reside in Guanajuato, Mexico made the wood retablo that hangs in Hernandez's grand dining room, where he often hosts. I said, ‘You know what? Check out the Texas Heritage for Living Pinterest page to find some inspiration for your next meal! He’s made street food chic, presenting it authentically in hip, urban spaces that appeal to local folk and tourists alike. He was even invited to the White House earlier this year to cook dinner on Cinco de Mayo. 224 talking about this. “Where’d you get your training?” they marveled. 155 personas están hablando de esto. Hernández studied gastronomy at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and has worked in various states, such as Las Vegas, California and Texas. The historic building, a former factory and metal shop, is filled with Mexican art and whimsical touches. Hernandez made sure the menu starts with a taco section to help first-timers expecting Tex-Mex to feel comfortable, but his tacos come in 11 varieties — from bistec (chopped grilled beef) to potosinos (cheese with chili sauce). "I love historic architecture and the journey of taking something old and making it my own.". © Copyright 2021 TEXAS FARM BUREAU INSURANCE. Behind the massive and elaborately carved set of wooden doors is celebrity San Antonio chef Johnny Hernandez’s personal home. The faded painted sign out front reads “Voss Metal,” a reminder of the structure’s 135-year-old history as a metal shop; it also served as the former headquarters for Lone Star Seed Co. and as a shoe factory. 696 talking about this. instagram facebook twitter. Chef Johnny Hernandez from San Antonio brought his cooking talents to the White House for #CincoDeMayo.Check out these desserts of pineapple empanadas, tres leches and elote pastries he served today to everyone celebrating. Johnny Hernandez was born and raised in a community of first-generation Mexican-American families. The menu at La Gloria looks different than San Antonio’s classic Tex-Mex joints and represents more than a decade’s worth of dreams — along with a few risks. The historic building, a former factory and metal shop, is filled with Mexican art and whimsical touches. A close-up of the vintage wallpaper that frames the doors that lead to a walk-in closet. The ceramic Catrina and Catrin are from the Juan Torres Family of Capula, Michoacán. “My mom needed my help and support,” he says. Now he has two other La Gloria locations in San Antonio and one in Las Vegas, along with his catering business and two other authentic Mexican restaurant concepts in the Alamo City. He loved the idea but had doubts. T&S: How would you describe the food scene in San Antonio? Back To Top Subscribe or link your existing subscription. The catering business got him started, but he nursed the dream of one day owning his own restaurant. The more than 12,000-square-foot factory-style residence that holds court on the corner of a full city block the chef owns is the crown jewel of the special property. And farther down the menu, diners find tortas and ceviches. Official Facebook Page for Chef Johnny Hernandez After a job cooking at a downtown hotel during high school, he enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., with his dad’s encouragement. The clawfoot tub is a remnant from when the previous owner, who was an interior designer, lived there. We report on vital issues from politics to education and are the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering everything from music to cultural events with insightful recommendations. La Gloria is a place that was created to celebrate the rich and delicious street foods from interior Mexico. Enter your email below to send a password reset email. We’re going to be 100 percent grounded and rooted in tradition, and that’s going to be our hallmark.’”. The visionary behind La Gloria (where he will celebrate Cinco de Mayo), the new Burgerteca, and more than a dozen other San Antonio restaurants (he spent Cinco de Mayo two years ago cooking tres leches and pineapple empanadas for President Barack Obama at the White House), gave us a tour through his historic abode, which is full of unexpected surprises. Coming full circle in a sense, Hernandez recently partnered with a farmer to grow corn that will be stone-ground for use at La Gloria and his other restaurants. 390 talking about this. I was always kind of behind the scenes in the kitchen with Dad,” he says, recalling daily stops by the restaurant before each school day. He is currently working on a special project for La Villita, a historic art village in downtown San Antonio. After a warm greeting, he quickly walked through the grounds, pointed out various projects and future plans for the massive courtyard, only slowing down once he reached the vegetable garden. Join Facebook to connect with Ivannia Hernández and others you may know. 1 of 24. He commissioned these wooden doors to be made by Don Eduardo Velasquez, who lives in Puebla, Mexico. His instructors seemed impressed by his skills. Chef Johnny Hernandez has become synonymous with authentic Mexican dishes, rich flavors, and some of the best dining experiences in San Antonio. Inspired by travels through Mexico and charmed by stalls dedicated to serving ceviche or sopes alone, he wondered how Texans would react to a Mexican eatery that deviated from the typical fajita-taco-quesadilla mix. “I was worried about them,” he said, […] A series of clay masks called "Tastuanes" hangs above the counter in the kitchen, which Hernandez doesn't have time to use as much as he would like. The pergola near the garden is mostly used for outdoor dinner parties.

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