Rising Star Chef Natasha Douglas of Better Luck Tomorrow - Biography

Houston, TX

November 2019

Natasha Douglas is a born-and-raised Houstonian whose Polish mother would take her to France for the summers, where she relished trying new foods and leaving behind Houston heat and humidity. Her start in hospitality was behind the bar at The Black Labrador pub and the Engine Room club. At 18, Douglas’ adventurous spirit led her to study hospitality management at the University of San Francisco and to work as a demo-chef for William-Sonoma. After graduation, she stayed in San Francisco for another year cooking at Globe, a late-night pizza spot, where she bonded with the chef over their Texas roots and motorbikes. Douglas was then off to Michelin capital, San Sebastian, Spain, to attend La Escuela de Cocina Luiz Irizar in 2009. 

Among her formative and thrilling experience in the Basque Country, Douglas staged at Michelin-star Alameda in the pastry department. Three months later, Douglas flew to Vietnam to help open Michel Roux’s La Maison 1888. Unable to renew her visa, she was dismayed to return home. But, in a twist of fate, Roux called offering her an opportunity to work with Dani Garcia at his new restaurant, Manzanilla, in New York City. A year and a half later, Douglas returned to Houston and joined Chef Robert Del Grande’s team at The Grove as the pastry chef. In May 2019, she returned to her savory roots and became chef de cuisine at Bobby Heugel and Justin Yu’s hip watering hole, Better Luck Tomorrow, where she cooks comforting yet sophisticated dishes like her memorable green shakshuka and funky red miso butterscotch bread pudding. Douglas also launched the Heugel-Yu all-day cafe Penny Quarter as chef de cuisine.