Oscar Ochoa: Historian/Saucebrewer
Boyle Heights Native, and self-taught saucemaker, Oscar Ochoa explores art and social – political history through the brand, El Machete. As Co-Founder of El Machete Artists Collective, he collaborates with local artists to co-promote chilli sauces & artwork to raise awareness of social, cultural, and historical themes in urban communities.
As a brand of the Boyle Heights Chilli Sauce Co., El Machete produces Mexican inspired, high-quality chilli sauces, salsas, and fiery condiments that reflect Angeleno food and urban culture. As an L.A based start-up, El Machete advocates for arts, culture, education, and civic-responsibility aimed to improve the quality of life amongst Los Angeles’ low-income communities.
The El Machete Brand aims to lead an urban movement to amplify the fiery-artisinal food culture in Los Angeles and leverage its products and brand to build a community of partners to advance fiery food culture and civic advocacy within urban Los Angeles and beyond.
Boyle Heights Chilli Sauce Co.
The BH Chilli Sauce Co. designs and produces chilli sauce products and brands that reflect Angeleno food and urban culture. Brands in development:
El Machete | Pistolero | Chilmolli
"Our social reality is one of transition from an archaic order to a new order. Those who create art must strive to include in their work clear ideological propaganda for the people, art armed for combat, that makes people aware of their history and their civil rights. Beauty will nourish their [people's] sensitivity, and art will preserve their rich traditions." - El Machete Newspaper, Mexico City, circa 1924