Jose Enrique Montes

Chef Jose Enrique, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, graduated in 1998 from the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Jose Enrique worked in New York, Florida and Louisiana before he returned to his homeland. In 2007, he opened his first restaurant Jose Enrique, which was established at La Placita de Santurce and It’s personalized menu is prepared daily,...

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Chef Jose Enrique, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, graduated in 1998 from the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Jose Enrique worked in New York, Florida and Louisiana before he returned to his homeland. In 2007, he opened his first restaurant Jose Enrique, which was established at La Placita de Santurce and It’s personalized menu is prepared daily, incorporating natural and organic products, focusing on fresh Puerto Rican produce, which allows the climate and ingredients to direct Chef menu choices.
One year after opening, CondeNast Traveler magazine included Jose Enrique in it’s list of 105 best new restaurants. Soon after, the Travel and Leisure magazine ranked San Juan, the capital city of Puerto Rico, among the first in food selection, beverages and restaurants. These awards were just a few inspiring reasons for Jose Enrique to proudly continue mastering his culinary creations in his island. He hasn’t strayed since.

Jose Enrique was chosen as a Semifinalist for the 2013 and 2014 James Beard Foundation award in the category of “Best Chef South”, marking the first time in history a Puerto Rican chef has participated in this award.

In 2013 Jose Enrique was featured in the 25th Anniversary edition of the Food & Wines Best New Chefs. His award carried him as one of the ten “Best New Chefs” across the U.S. It was the first time in history where a Puerto Rican had received this honor.
In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Jose Enrique went through the James Beard Foundation semifinals and made it to the finals also making this the first time ever that a Puerto Rican gets this recognition.

May 2019 he moved his restaurant to a new location in Condado, Puerto Rico. While still doing Jose Enrique’s rendition of criollo food the new space has more of a brasserie feel than a bistro.

In September 2019 the new restaurant was included in the list of Top 30 Best Restaurants of the world compiled by Food & Wine magazine teamed up with Travel + Leisure.

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