Boyle Heights chef's breakfast items are in popular demand

Macheen is a taqueria that has a residence at Milpa Grille Restaurant in Boyle Heights.
BOYLE HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- If you aren't a morning person, chef Jonathan Perez may be able to change your mind about waking up early with his breakfast burritos - a customer favorite.

"The breakfast burrito is more for [a] breakfast crowd," Perez said.

The popular burritos are wrapped up with a handmade tortilla de harina, a flour tortilla.

"If you wanted to get more of the creative and the more chef-driven stuff would be the lunch version of a taco. That's more elevated taco," Perez said.

Perez started his own taqueria called Macheen in 2016, but he hadn't always planned to be a chef.

"I had a bigger passion, which was skateboarding ... I started skateboarding at a very young age at 8 years old," said Perez. "As I turned 17 years old, I got in a car accident."

When Perez injured his back in the accident, he decided to pursue cooking and went to culinary school.

He started Macheen as a pop up, but as of late 2020 it has a permanent residence at Milpa Grille Restaurant in Boyle Heights.

"We're kind of providing an experience for the community," said Perez. "I'm a big believer that whatever happened in the past, happened in the past. I don't really like to look back ... I just want to grateful for the stuff that I have now."

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