On June 4, Joe Cervantez will rejoin Brennan’s of Houston kitchen as Executive Chef, marking his return to the landmark restaurant institution after two years. Cervantez served as sous chef from 2010-2014 before helming Killen’s Steakhouse as the Executive Chef.


“We are thrilled to welcome Joe back to the Brennan’s of Houston family,” says Proprietor Alex Brennan-Martin. “Joe is one of the most talented and resourceful young chefs I’ve had the pleasure of working with in my years in the restaurant business, and on behalf of Carl Walker, Chef Jose Arevalo, Chef Martin Weaver and the rest of the team, we are ecstatic that Joe will be returning to the kitchen next month.”


In true Brennan’s of Houston fashion, Cervantez will be “stained in Commander’s blue” (says Carl Walker) as he undergoes hands-on training with James Beard Award-Winning Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace before rejoining the Brennan’s team next month.

"Brennan’s of Houston has always felt like home to me and I look forward to what’s to come in this new role,” says Cervantez. “I have watched Ella Brennan's ‘Commanding the Table’ documentary three times now, and each time I get more excited.”





Known as the crown jewel of Bayou City Creole cuisine and Southern hospitality, Brennan’s of Houston opened in 1967 as a sister restaurant to the world-famous Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. Frequently recognized as one of the top restaurants among both local and national press, the restaurant creates memorable dining experiences amid a charming New Orleans-style backdrop. With Executive Chef Joe Cervantez taking the helm in June 2017, Brennan’s of Houston’s classic yet innovative cuisine combines Texas ingredients and sensibilities with a focus on Creole flavors. In the dining room, servers treat guests to a tailored food and wine experience enhanced by personable, professional service and elegant ambiance. Brennan’s of Houston ranks among the best restaurants in the city, and is consistently included in Houston Chronicle and Houstonia magazine’s lists of the 100 Best Houston Restaurants.