Joseph Chavez is the new chef of Brennan’s of Houston, replacing Joe Cervantes, who left to open Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House in San Leon, Texas.
Chavez was born in Los Angeles and moved to Beaumont, Texas, to attend Lamar University on a football scholarship, where he earned bachelor’s and culinary degrees. He cooked in area restaurants until taking a position at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at the Ritz-Carlton in Beaver Creek, Colo. He went on to stage at fine-dining restaurants in New York City, including Le Bernardin, Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Nomad, Dovetail and Masa. He then spent a year with the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group in Napa, Calif., before working at OTD in San Francisco and then Caribou Club in Aspen, Colo. Most recently he was executive chef of The Bygone at The Four Seasons Baltimore. In May, 2020, he made his national television debut on the Food Network series Chopped.