About Chef Jose

Chef Jose, Cafe Con Leche.

Chef Jose, Cafe Con Leche.

Being in the kitchen reminds me of my roots and memories cooking with my mother. My passion for being in the kitchen and curiosity to learn more comes from her”
— Chef Jose

Chef Jose grew up in Tuxpan, Michoacan and has been in the kitchen for as long as he can remember.

With many siblings, Jose had to often times help his mom in the kitchen to feed the rest of the family. At the age of 13, Jose moved to the U.S. and became a dishwasher when he was old enough to work. He asked the cooks every question he could think of, and watched them with intent to learn.

Chef Jose eventually moved away from the dish pit and started to cook. He started at a cafe and cooked breakfast and lunch. Looking for a new experience, he accepted a job specializing in creative Mexican fine dining. Working at Mas, Janik’s Cafe, and under Chef David Rodriguez at May Del Sol, Chef Jose was given the opportunity to grow in a creative environment. He is now our Executive Chef at Cafe Con Leche.

He always appreciates feedback from his colleagues and guests; it propels him to better himself and gives him the drive to continue creating unique dishes.

Come in for dinner and ask for him, he’d love to talk to you about food, culture, or anything else on your mind.

Cafe Con Leche

2714 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647