Forever 21

Houston's youngest executive chef is finally of age, celebrates with friends and tequila toasts

Houston's youngest exec chef celebrates birthday with tequila toasts

News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Omar Pereney
Peska Seafood Culture executive chef Omar Pereney turns 21 and friends celebrate. Courtesy of Peska Seafood Culture
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015,undefinedJorge Olivares, Maite Ysita and Nancy Lehmann
Jorge Olivares, from left, Maite Ysita and Nancy Lehmann. Courtesy of Peska Seafood Culture
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Courtney Perna, Antigone Vastakis, Mercedes Grifno, Cynthia Jones
Courtney Perna, from left, Antigone Vastakis, Mercedes Grifno and Cynthia Jones. Courtesy of Peska Seafood Culture
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Martin Hristov, James Brock and Lauren Hristov
Martin Hristov, from left, James Brock and Lauren Hristov. Courtesy of Peska Seafood Culture
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Miya Shay, Omar Pereney and Gene Wu
Miya Shay, from left, Omar Pereney and State Rep. Gene Wu. Courtesy of Peska Seafood Culture
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Natalie Harms, Emily Wilkinson and Cara Smith
Natalie Harms, from left, Emily Wilkinson and Cara Smith. Courtesy of Peska Seafood Culture
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Luis Roger
BCN Taste & Tradition executive chef Luis Roger, center, and celebrants. Courtesy of Peska Seafood Culture
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Courtney Perna, Antigone Vastakis, Mercedes Grifno, Cynthia Jones
Omar Pereney gives the cake a once-over. Courtesy of Peska Seafood Culture
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Omar Pereney
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015,undefinedJorge Olivares, Maite Ysita and Nancy Lehmann
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Courtney Perna, Antigone Vastakis, Mercedes Grifno, Cynthia Jones
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Martin Hristov, James Brock and Lauren Hristov
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Miya Shay, Omar Pereney and Gene Wu
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Natalie Harms, Emily Wilkinson and Cara Smith
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Luis Roger
News, Shelby, Omar Pereny's 21st birthday, July 2015, Courtney Perna, Antigone Vastakis, Mercedes Grifno, Cynthia Jones

At last, Peska Seafood Culture executive chef Omar Pereney is legal. And we're not talking green card, rather the wunderkind of the kitchen has finally reached the legal age of alcohol consumption.

As one of the youngest executive chefs in the country, Pereney has been earning kudos ever since opening the Galleria/Post Oak area restaurant in March.

To mark the milestone, guests gathered at the eatery to roast and toast the 21-year-old chef, who joined them in toasts with Houston's first taste of Mezcal Sacrificio. The praise and verbal pummeling came in both Spanish and English as did the singing of "Happy Birthday."

Confetti flew and Pereney's housemate, Jorge Noriega, made sure that the birthday boy got a really close look at the cake. Even with icing on his face, Pereney was all smiles.

The partying throng included Miya Shay and State Rep. Gene Wu, Mercedes Grifno, Courtney Perna, Jorge Olivarez, Manuel Rubio, Lauren and Martin Hristov, Robert Waltrip, BCN’s Luis Roger and Peska owner Maite Ysita.