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Chef Pet Peeves

Chef pet peeves: How diners annoy some of the best restaurants in Houston

By Marene Gustin

“What annoys me most is when we create a dish with several flavor profiles and the guest wants to completely reconstruct the dish, asking the server if we would take out this and that, it com ...


Houston's Best Chefs Unplugged

Inside the minds of Houston's best chefs: Top burger guru, dessert queen & more share their reading habits

By Marene Gustin

I have always been an avid reader, a lover of books. There was a time I went to the city library every week, checking out four or five books: Biographies, cookbooks, food writing annals and lots an ...


Scary Chef Secrets

Foodie Halloween: Houston's top chefs reveal their scary secrets and most tantalizing treats

By Marene Gustin

Tony’s head chef Kate McLean — the recent winner of the Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge — is mostly found in her chef whites, but this month she’l ...


Pie & Cake Restaurant Fight

Pie and cake restaurant fight has Houston chefs and foodies choosing sides

By Marene Gustin

Pie, pie me oh my. Nothing tastes sweet, wet, salty and dry all at once, o’ well it's pie. Apple! Pumpkin! Minced an' wet bottom. Come to your place everyday if you've got em' ...


Food for Thought

Game on! Houston chefs recommend perfect food for football-watching

By Marene Gustin

I may actually watch a Texans game this year. There seems to be a lot of hoopla about them right now and I want to stay culturally relevant. I actually went to a preseason game when they f ...


Food for Thought

Chefs screaming, throwing knives and attacking food: How Houston's best stack up to TV stereotypes

By Marene Gustin

Did you see the Cheezburger humor site post with a shot of a chef opening a walk-in cooler that reads “Walk-in Cooler: Scream therapy for chefs for over 60 years.” Now that&rsq ...


Food for Thought

Restaurant chefs give the greatest holiday gifts, like......

By Marene Gustin

The holidays are a busy time for commercial chefs, what with restaurants booked for holiday parties and planning special menus for Christmas and New Year’s Eves and people eating out more bec ...


Food for Thought

High on Chopped but not Hell's Kitchen: The cooking shows Houston chefs watch on TV

By Marene Gustin

There has been an explosion of food and cooking shows on television over the past decade. Almost any channel you turn to has some foodie feature or culinary challenge going down. And a lot of H ...


Food for Thought

Houston's worst kitchen disasters: From the Apple store beam that crashed into Sprinkles to more

By Marene Gustin

Sometimes whatever can go wrong in the kitchen does go wrong. And that goes for the kitchens of professional chefs as well as home cooks. In Don’t Try This at Home: Culinary Catastrop ...


Food for Thought

Top chefs reveal what they want most for Christmas

By Marene Gustin

Dear Santa, I’ve been a really, really good chef this year . . . Or, at least that’s how I imagine chefs begin their letters to Santa at this time of year. But just what is it they ...


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