Chef Thelma Portillo

Chef Thelma Portillo

About Me

Originally from Guatemala, I had the privilege of being introduced to the wonders of a variety of Latin flavors. I later enhanced this during my formal culinary education and experience in California and Italy where I worked under star Michelin chefs. My specialty now conveys a respect for organic cooking, which has led me to specialize in vegan menus. My organic and vegan menus are represented in a culinary experience you will enjoy and would want to share. Currently I share my vision and inspiration at The Wheel Kitchen, a cafe focused on supporting local farmers and producers.

Cooking Since

Since I was able to hold a pan but formally since 1999


The Wheel Kitchen, Tomball
Fressco consulting, Spring
Sorrento Italian restaurant, Kingwood
Pastagina, Beverly Hills CA
Ciao Bella Italian restaurant, Vermont
La locanda di Alía, Calabria Italy
Angelini Osteria, West Hollywood
Alto Palato Italian Restaurant, Los Angeles


Outstanding Culinary Awards, Santa Monica CA
Best Houston Appetizer, Houston Food Fest


Food Service Manager Certification
Restaurant Management Certification


Bachelors of Science in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Santa Monica - Los Angeles

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