Chef/Owner, Miguel grew up in Mexico where his curiosity and interest in cooking began. He had the opportunity to work in several well-known restaurants prior to branching out on his own. These experiences and training have added culinary tools to his arsenal of knowledge allowing him to create savory vibrant flavored dishes and memorable experiences for all.
Chef Miguel Urrutia started El Jefe with his first food truck in 2014, followed by his second food truck in 2020. He opened El Jefe Cocina & Bar in South Minneapolis in 2018, serving a fusion of Latin and Mexican cuisine paired with craft cocktails. Upon the completion of his lease, Miguel has made the decision to move down Lyndale to partner with the Uptown VFW. There, he continues to serve traditional Mexican recipes with a modern twist, allowing guests to share in his love of his heritage.