​​   CHEF DENISE

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Chef Denise

Starting at an early age, I have always had a passion for baking. and consider  myself as a late bloomer into the culinary world and did not attend culinary school until my two children were in their late teens. I was watching a commercial for The Art Institute of Houston and enrolled in the Culinary Arts program. No one was more surprised than my  husband of 35 years, Jim. I Graduated in 2008 with honors.

In 2009 I opened The Lemon Wedge in downtown Bryan. Jose Montemayor was a mentor and a wonderful friend. He is dearly missed. The restaurant closed in 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. I loved every minute at The Lemon Wedge. I have cooked and created for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, rehearsal dinners, I have even served the former First Lady at the Bush Library.

After that I was the Executive Chef for the Delta Zeta girls for 2 ½ years and most recently have been at  Chartwells food service at A&M.  On the move again, I am joining  "Decoeats" as General Manager of Mr. Hamburger.  John Mathews (owner) is  opening his second location of Mr. Hamburger in Bryan and I am very excited to join the team. I can't wait to see where this leads.

Besides my husband, children and two precious grandchildren, I have an almost larger passion for my  22 year old thoroughbred horse, Logan.  I  have had him since he was 6. I credit the life of my children during their late teens to him. I also have two dogs, Scooter and Ranger that are never far from me when I am home, plus numerous dogs that are outside.

With family & friends, you can always guarantee that the conversation always turns to food and what can be prepared next…Now back to the kitchen where the creativity and fun begins. ​

"​One of th​e delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating, And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends."

~ Laurie Colwin