Del Grande, one of the celebrated chefs of America, is the executive
chef and partner of the renowned Cafe Annie in Houston, TX.
Robert was born in 1954. He received his B. S. in Chemistry and
Biology from the University of San Francisco and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry
from the University of California at Riverside in 1980. In 1981,
while courting Mimi Kinsman (now Mimi Del Grande), Robert ventured
to Houston where Mimi was visiting her sister and brother-in-law
Candice and Lonnie Schiller. There, Robert began experimenting in
the kitchen of the Schillers restaurant, Cafe Annie. Robert
remained in Houston and soon became the Executive Chef of Cafe Annie.
He has since figured prominently in the historical revision of American
cooking, indelibly changing the culinary landscape with his use
of the tastes and flavors of the Southwest.
Robert and Mimi Del Grande and Candice and Lonnie Schiller are also
the founders and partners in several other ventures:
Cafe Express is a sporty yet sophisticated cafe offering
"Good Food Fast" as an antidote to the fast food culture.
Cafe Express now has six locations in Houston, three in Dallas
and plans for more throughout the country. Nation's Restaurant
News recently named Cafe Express one of the 12 "Hottest
Concepts" in the United States.
Taco Milagro is the newest concept and offers Robert's
vision of Mexican cuisine in Texas.
Robert has received numerous culinary awards and honors including:
Food & Wine Best Restaurant Houston 1999
& Wine Best Wine List Houston 1999
Top Tables Gourmet 1999, 1998 and 1997
of the Year 1998 Culinary Award
DiRoNa Award Distinguished Restaurants of North America
James Beard Award 1992
Ivy Award Restaurant and Institutions 1992
Dining Hall of Fame - Nation's Restaurant News
Who of Cooking in Texas
Roll of American Chefs Food & Wine
Robert was featured in the PBS "Great Chefs" series with
Pierre Franey in 1992. He also appeared in the 1994 PBS production
"Cooking with Master Chefs," featuring Julia Child.
Numerous publications have featured Robert including:
with Master Chefs", Julia Child
Appétit, December 1998
& Wine, July 1997
Nast Traveler, January 1995
Spectator, December 1993
Appétit, April 1993
Restaurant Hospitality, March 1993