This December, nationally acclaimed chef Daniel Patterson, owner of Coi in the North Beach area of San Francisco, will be stopping at Underbelly to host a reception and engaging discussion with that Houston restaurant’s equally renowned owner, chef Chris Shepherd. The occasion is a promotional tour for Patterson’s first cookbook, Coi: Stories and Recipes. During his career, Patterson has garnered such honors as five James Beard Award nominations, a two-star Michelin review, and a Best New Chef award from Food & Wine magazine.
Perhaps America’s best-known proponent of foraging and modernist cuisine with a strong seasonal element, Patterson creates imaginative, unexpected dishes. Much like Shepherd, he draws inspiration from its local culinary communities, cultural identities, and culinary history. He has said, “Cooking is the most primal way that human beings interact with each other.” Recently he talked with Texas Monthly about his newfound fascination with Houston, his collaboration with Shepherd, and what makes a great culinary