Wizard Gourmet 2017
Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning public television host, best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. She is the chef/owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants - Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia's Pittsburgh and Lidia's Kansas City along with her daughter Tanya. Along with her son, Jose Bastianich, Mario Batali and Oscar Farinetti, the team opened Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace, in the Flatiron District of New York and the World Trade Center in New York City. She also opened Eataly marketplaces in Chicago, Boston and Sao Paolo while Los Angeles is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. She is the founder and president of Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces high quality broadcast productions. Lidia also has a line of pastas and all natural sauces called LIDIA'S.


Wine & Food Week 2017
June 5-11, 2017

Congratulations to the 2016 Waterford Crystal Chef of Chef Winner

(L-R) Constance McDerby, Food & Vine Time Productions; Tanji Patton, Good Taste with Tanji; Carlos Ramos, Latin Bites; Clifton McDerby, Food & Vine Time Productions

1st Runner Up
Santiago De La Cruz
The Woodlands Country Club

2nd Runner Up
Hassan Obaye
La Table

Just Desserts Winner
Miguel Guiterrez
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott


Drawing culinary masters and wine experts from around the world, the 12th Annual Wine & Food Week uncorks June 6-12, 2016 with scores of events featuring more than 500 wines, 50 restaurants, and legendary wine producers and culinary personalities.   From wine expert to wine novice, there's a wine waiting for you to discover at Wine & Food Week!



Tony Vallone
Chef of Chefs
2016 Hall of Fame Inductee

Throughout his career as Houston's leading restaurateur, Tony's insatiable passion for quality and his boundless love of creativity and innovation in the kitchen have made Tony's one of the most celebrated restaurants in the U.S.


Today, the food at Tony's is "better than ever," as Houston Chronicle restaurant critic Alison Cook wrote in her recent profile of Tony Vallone and his fifty years in the restaurant business.


"I am constantly amazed," says Tony's general manager and partner Scott Sulma, "by his ability to teach and to draw talent out of our team in the kitchen and in particular from our chefs."

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Tristen Epps
2016 Wizard Gourmet
Tristen Epps is a visionary chef with a keen eye for avant-garde dishes. His passion for global cuisine began at a young age inspired by his Trinidadian roots. He has dedicated most of his life to traveling the world, fostering his pursuit of culinary innovation and paying homage to global classics.  Since late 2014, Tristen has served as a Sous Chef at the renowned Red Rooster restaurant and as a Chef de cuisine at Streetbird Rotisserie in Harlem, NY, two of the Marcus Samuelsson Group’s landmark restaurants.

Here's a message from the man himself...

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