Chef Led Tours

Where the Chefs Eat

If you’ve ever wondered where world-renowned, James Beard Award-winning chefs go for grub in their downtime, you’re in luck. The same culinary geniuses that have topped endless ‘Best Of’ lists, graced the covers of Food & Wine and Bon Appetit and helped put H-Town on the national map are now making it their mission to show residents and visitors the “underbelly” of the city’s food scene with the ‘Where the Chefs Eat’ Houston Culinary Tours.

Forget the upscale restaurants, for once-they aren’t the only things setting Houston apart from major epicurean cities like Chicago and San Francisco. This time around, the city’s top chefs-including James Beard, Award Winner Chris Shepherd, Chopped winner Justin Turner, and many others-are teaming up to shift the spotlight to the small, independent, ethnic spots-whose recipes have been passed down from generation to generation.

With less than 25 guests per chef-led tour, participants will gain intimate knowledge about the city: unexplored neighborhoods; undiscovered restaurants; markets that contribute to the locally-driven menus of each chef, and intimate time with these chefs. Details at & tickets can be purchased at

2016 Tours

January 31– Jewish Food Tour with Chefs Matt Marcus and Justin Turner

February 21– The Love of Food with father-son chef team Michael and David Cordua

March 6– France vs. Italy with Chefs Maurizio Ferrese and David Denis

April 24 – Longpoint Road with Liberty Kitchen Team Travis Lenig& Lance Fegen

May 1– Ethnic Comfort Food with Chefs Richard Knight and Mark Parmley

June 11– Crawfish and Other Seafood with Chef Danny Trace

July 17 – Girl Power with Chefs Brandi Key and Rebecca Masson

August 21 – Chocolate Tour with Chef Rebecca Masson

September 25 – The Airline Markets with Chefs Ryan Hildebrand and Pat Sommers

October – Dia de los Muertos with father-daughter duo Monica and Arnaldo Richards

November – Meat Lovers with Chef Marcus Davis

November – Wine and Pie (Pizza) with Sommelier Evan Turner and Chef William Wright

December – Bourbon, Brew & Que with Greg Gatlin, Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan.

More Tours To Be Added During The Year!