( Johnny Ortiz)
¬ Johnny Santiago Adao Ortiz-Concha was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico and on the Taos Pueblo. His lineage derives of mostly Native American ( Taos pueblo ), Spanish ( mother Spain ), and of Mexican origins. New Mexico is a place of complex history and the cultures Johnny comes from are a direct reflection of that which is reflected in all the work he does.
It was on the Taos Pueblo where Johnny’s love of remedios ( wild foods ) and of food in general was kindled. He learned to eat the wild rose on his grandfathers land from his mother who taught him that his grandfather used to eat them. This formative moment laid dormant until years later kindling his love for food.
Not being enamored with formal schooling, Johnny dropped out of college at UNM and moved moved to Chicago where he became the youngest hire at Alinea at the time ( 2009 ). After over a year in the kitchen he moved on to work at Willows Inn with Blaine Wetzel on Lummi Island ( 2012 ), and later became sous chef of Saison in San Francisco ( 2013 ) under Josh Skenes before creating / shed and returning home (2016)
Johnny is the heart of / Shed, where he is intimate with each step of the process, from milking the cows, to bailing the hay they will eat.