Chef Juan Antonio Hussong

Instructor Mastering Mexican Cooking

Get to know Juan Antonio Hussong owner and chef of Osho Restaurante in Ensenada, BC, Mexico. He is working with us at the Mexican Food Journal to share his 30 years of cooking experience in Mastering Mexican Cooking, an online cooking school.


Mastering Mexican Cooking Header Image with Salsa Roja
Pictures of Mexican dishes at OSHO Restaurante, Ensenada, Mexico

Video transcript

Finding his path

Welcome to Mastering Mexican Cooking. My name is Juan Antonio Hussong. I was born and raised in Ensenada. I was born in 1963 from a German descendant family. I basically started the restaurant business when I was 17 as a dishwasher. That’s when I knew that I had a passion and I really liked what I was doing. I grew up in a farm south of here, San Quintin, so I was 15, moved to the city, and then started working in a restaurant. Then from there on I went on as a dishwasher and then I went into prep and then assistant to the chef and two years went by. When I’m turned 20 my family asked me what I wanted to do with my life and I say, “Well, I want to be a chef and I want to study.” So they took me to San Francisco and I went to California Culinary Academy. In 1987 I graduated and I live in San Francisco for about 15 years, work in many restaurants. I have my own café, so it was a very awesome experience and one day I decided I wanted to return.

To California, the world, and back

I wanted to come back home and hometown and so I left San Francisco and I moved back to Ensenada and also I work in a cruise ship, Royal Viking and while it was one of my best, best experiences, travel all over the world and then came back 13 years ago and I worked for about a two years in a hotel, local hotel in Ensenada, and then I opened my cooking school. I have my cooking school for approximately eight, nine years, and four years ago I opened Osho, which is a restaurant where we specialize in breakfast, we do breakfast and we had the restaurant, I still continue with my cooking classes and with the restaurant. I also do some private dinners in the afternoon in the restaurant and now we embracing this new experience and challenge and sharing my experience of 40 years of cooking with all of you and I hope you enjoy and follow me through this interesting journey.

The future

We are just beginning and this is the beginning of a very huge project (Mastering Mexican Cooking) and hopefully, we’ll have all the energy and people will follow us and we’ll share the knowledge. Thank you.

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