Robert Del Grande  

Robert 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 Schiller’s 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
Food & Wine – Best Wine List Houston 1999
America's Top Tables – Gourmet 1999, 1998 and 1997
Chef of the Year – 1998 Culinary Award
The DiRoNa Award – Distinguished Restaurants of North America 1997
The James Beard Award 1992
The Ivy Award – Restaurant and Institutions 1992
Fine Dining Hall of Fame - Nation's Restaurant News
Who's Who of Cooking in Texas
Honor 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:

"Cooking with Master Chefs", Julia Child
Bon Appétit, December 1998
Food & Wine, July 1997
Condé Nast Traveler, January 1995
Wine Spectator, December 1993
Gourmet, April 1993
Bon Appétit, April 1993
Restaurant Hospitality, March 1993