Chef Javier Ornelas

Javier Ornelas García was born and raised in Mexico City. He graduated from CESSA (El Centro de Estudios Superiores de San Ángel), the hotel and restaurant administration university, at the top of his class. After graduating, he opened a restaurant in the city that became very successful.

After selling that restaurant, he took a break to backpack around Europe, and eventually found himself visiting Tulum, and fell in love with the town. He moved there at 25, in 2006, to open a new restaurant and bar called Ginger. Ginger became a local favorite, and a must-visit for tourists as well, after write-ups and awards from Fodor´s travel guide, the New York Times, and other publications.

In his first few years in Tulum, he expanded into the hotel business as well, creating menus for new restaurants on the beach. Ginger has converted into a popular hotel in town that he runs with his wife. In 2013 he began doing event and wedding catering, for the many people who come to the beautiful Riviera Maya to get married on its gorgeous beaches.