Chef Ruben Ortiz helms the busy kitchen at Las Casuelas Nuevas, an award-winning Rancho Mirage restaurant that’s a favorite dining spot in the Coachella Valley. The Chef’s menus features authentic recipes that have been passed down through four generations of the Delgado family, the restaurant’s owners.

He augments these fresh, homemade offerings with his own uniquely flavored versions of regional South of the Border specialties, Some of his favorites include Pollo En Pibil, Chile Rellenos and Ceviche Tostaditas. If Mexican cuisine isn’t your thing, then Chef Ortiz will whip up other crowd-pleasing dishes, like prime rib or linguine primavera.

It’s all done with good-natured flair, because Chef Ortiz exemplifies the Las Casuelas motto: Why have a party when you can have a fiesta?