A Mexican native, Luis most recently oversaw two highly praised restaurants in San Francisco, Mamacita and Padrecito. He achieved two three star reviews and a Top 100 award five years in a row from the San Francisco Chronicle. Michelin Guide also awarded Mamacita with six consecutive Bib Gourmand awards. With over 14 years of experience he has worked in some of the most demanding kitchens in the bay area. After having visited Portland for years he made the move to the Pacific Northwest in 2015 in hopes of opening his own restaurant. He has built relationships with fine purveyors in the surrounding area, which has helped continue his commitment to interpreting Mexican cuisine through regional, seasonal produce and ingredients. When deciding on the name of his restaurant it was perfectly clear of honoring his late grandmother (Mama Chelo) whom he continues to draw inspiration from.