BRYAN Caswell

CHEF + RESTAURATEUR
URBAN FARMER
CHICKEN WRANGLER
HUSBAND + DAD TO 4 KIDS

CULINARY GENIUS
95%
CLOWN WRANGLING
40%
FISH FINDING SKILLS
80%
CHAOS CONTROL
78%
KAROKE PERFORMANCE
87%

“HE’S ONE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY CHEFS WHO MANAGES TO LIVE IN A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT WORLDS. HE’S VERY MUCH FROM THE SOUTH, BUT HE’S ALSO WORKED WITH ELITE CHEFS. IT’S TRICKY TO MANAGE AND OPERATE IN BOTH WORLDS — TO USE YOUR HERITAGE AND TO INCORPORATE FANTASTIC TECHNIQUES ADN INGREDIENTS TO MAKE FOOD DELICIOUS. IT’S LIKE JUMPING THROUGH FIVE HOOPS.”
– Kate Krader, Food & Wine Magazine

  • 1999 – Graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park
  • Externship with Chef Jose Muneisa at the Michelin rated restaurant Via Veneto in Barcelona Spain
  • Apprenticed under some of New York’s finest chefs:
    • Aureole Chef Charlie Palmer
    • Gotham Bar and Grill Chef Alfred Portale
    • March Chef Wayne Nish.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower flagship under Jean-Georges Vongerichten
  • Additional background and training via Jean-Georges Vongerichten empire:
    • Vong in the Mandarin Hotel, Hong Kong
    • Sala Rim Naam, Bangkok
    • Ocean Club One & Only Resort, Paradise Island in The Bahamas
  • Worked Research & Development with renowned Houston-based Pappas Restaurants
  • The opening Exec. Chef for Bank, a fine dining restaurant from Jean-Georges, located in Houston’s Hotel Icon.
CURRENT

  • est. 2007 – Reef
  • est. 2009 – Little Bigs, Montrose
  • est. 2012 – El Real Original Tex-Mex
  • est. 2012 – Five units in Minute Maid Park
  • est. 2014 – Third Bar, IAH
  • est. 2015 – Jackson Street BBQ
  • est. 2015 – Caswell & Co. Catering
  • est. 2016 – El Real (IAH)
  • Coming 2017 – 2 new concepts

PAST

  • 2010-2013 – Stella Sola
  • 2010-2011 – Little Bigs, herman park

 

  • 2005 – Up and Coming Chef of the Year – My Table Magazine
  • 2007 – Best New Restaurant, Reef – My Table Magazine
  • 2008 – Reef Best Restaurant – Houston Press
  • 2008 – Restaurateur of the Year – My Table Awards
  • 2008 – Chef of the year – My Table Awards
  • 2009 – Best New Chef Award – Food & Wine magazine
  • 2010 – James Beard nominee for “Best Chef Southwest”
  • 2011 – James Beard nominee for “Best Chef Southwest”
  • 2011 – Star Chefs Rising Restaurateur
  • 2011 – Best New Restaurant, El Real Tex-Mex – My Table Magazine
  • 2012 – Tastemakers, Southern Living
  • 2015 – Best BBQ, Jackson Street BBQ –  My Table Magazine
  • Atlanta Food and Wine Festival; 2010 – 2017
  • Aspen Food and Wine; 2009
  • Charleston Wine and Food; 2011
  • Commencement Speech at CIA San Antonio; 2014
  • Emcee of the Houston CultureMap Culinary Awards; 2016
  • Emcee of the Houston CultureMap Culinary Awards; 2017
TV Appearances:

  • Contestant on The Next Iron Chef
  • Guest on Simply Ming
  • Featured on Bizarre Foods Houston: Blast and Cast
  • Guest Judge on Bravo’s Top Chef: Texas
  • Featured in The Best Thing I Ever Ate Food Network
  • Host of the barbecue competition Best in Smoke
  • Good Day Houston
  • The Today Show
Esquire Magazine:

  • “How eat Oysters at Home”
  • “Cook Like a Man”
  • “How to Cook a Fish”

The New York Times:

  • “Mixing Regional Flavors in Houston”
  • “Restaurant Report; El Real Tex-Mex in Houston”
  • “Bottarga, an Export That Stays Home”
  • “36 Hours in Houston”

Garden and Gun Magazine:

  • “Oysters Rockefeller”
  • “BBQ Crab”
  • “Houston; Where to Eat and Drink”
  • “Chef’s Roundtable”
  • “Sriracha-Citrus Remoulade”

Southern Living Magazine:

  • “Local Fare at Reef”
  • “The Perfect Eating Day in Houston”
  • “City of the Future”

Texas Monthly Magazine:

  • “Sea Student”
  • “Appetite for the Future”

Saveur Magazine:

  • “Redfish on the Half-Shell”
  • “Recipe: Wine Simmered Collard Greens”

Food & Wine Magazine:

  • “Best New Chef”
  • “Insider Guide to Houston Restaurants”
  • “Chef’s Top Fishing Equipment”

Men’s Journal Magazine:

  • “Houston’s Seafood Headquarters”

Houston Business Journal:

  • ‘You’re going to see restaurants dropping at an alarming rate’
  • ‘Bryan Caswell reveals more details on next two restaurants’
  • ‘Houston celebrity chef, photographer start foundation to protect Gulf Coast habitat’

Houston Chronicle:

  • Bryan and Jennifer Caswell launch the Southern Salt Foundation
  • Reef’s Bryan Caswell is a different kind of chef

Bloomberg:

  • Stuck in the Airport? Five Restaurants That Make a Delay Worthwhile
  • Founding member of Texas Foodways “The First Fifty”
  • 2009-2014 – United Airlines Congress of Chefs
  • Radio host on Southbound Food until 2014
  • Atlanta Food and Wine Founders Council, 2010 – 2016
  • Founding Chef and Chef’s Advisory Board with Recipe for Success
  • Founding Member “Where the Chefs Eat” Houston Culinary Tours Program
  • 2016 – Houston Chronicle’s “Houston’s Most Interesting Men”

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JENNIFER CASWELL


“An advocate of all things artistic, Jennifer has the creative gene that keeps
on giving. A resident of Houston, Texas and founder of Jennifer Dell Photography, following her passion was an easy and rewarding decision. Jennifer’s natural talent and ease in capturing the beauty of life’s most intimate moments is undeniable.”

– NAPCP Magazine, 2015


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ABOUT SWTC


“Our life can be chaotic though it is mostly, entertaining. Think of it like a busy restaurant; there is always a little drama, something usually gets broken, a sassy person or two thinks they can do it better (I swear it’s not me!!) and don’t forget the flowing wine and sometimes bourbon. It’s enough to give any sane person PTSD.”
– Sleeping With The Chef