Jeramie Robison thrusts Houston into New York and Cali's rising chefs monopoly
A year ago, chef Jeramie Robison was earning his dues under John Tesar at his eponymous Woodlands' restaurant. Today, he's the executive chef at one of Houston's most prestigious hotel restaurant properties — talk about a meteoric rise.
Now Gayot, a website devoted to luxury food and travel, has named him one of 2011's five "rising chefs" under 30 nationwide for his work at La Colombe d'Or's Restaurant Cinq and at Zimm's Little Deck.
Robison is the only chef from Texas on the list, and in fact the only chef outside of New York and California. Gayot focuses on Robison's delicate balance of traditional French dishes with Southern and Creole inflections, dishing that Robison "still applies some family secrets to the sophisticated modern European dishes."
It seems hard to imagine now, but the partnership between Robison and the Zimmerman family who own both La Colombe d'Or and Zimm's Little Deck almost didn't happen. Robison had packed up his car and was headed to Austin in search of work after his short stint as co-executive chef at Tesar's when he got the phone call and job offer.
Looks like that's turned out pretty well.