Robert Del Grande - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Robert Del Grande

Cafe Annie - Houston, TX

In 1981, Robert Del Grande joined Café Annie, where he was instrumental in the rise and development of Southwestern Cusine. Today he is also the owner of Café Annie, and a partner in the Schiller-Del Grande Restaurant Group, which operates The Grove and The Lake House at Discovery Green, Houston’s signature urban park.

Among the numerous awards and accolades, is the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest, the Silver Spoon Award from Food Arts, and the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Riverside. He has been inducted into the “Who’s Who in American Cooking.”

Del Grande received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from the University of San Francisco in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Riverside in 1981. As a founding partner in the ROXOR Artisan Spirits Company, he used his science background to develop the intricate formula for ROXOR Gin. He has also done ideation and food concept work for several national restaurant chains and other food groups. He is married to Mimi Del Grande, the managing director of Café Annie and partner in the Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group.