Ortega was nominated for the prestigious award in the earlier part of 2017.
He was nominated as a finalist six times before. Oretga is the third winner to represent the Bayou City in four years.
PHOTOS: Houston-area James Beard nominees
After much anticipation, chefs finally found out who won when Jesse Tyler Ferguson of 'Modern Family' announced the winners at the awards gala in Chicago on Monday night.
LET'S EAT: Recipes from Hugo's
Creamy Flan de Maiz
Garnachas de calabacitas
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