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Our Brennan's Family


Unmatched Reputation for Standout Dining and Lasting Memories

At every level of our management and service teams, we revere the Brennan’s heritage by approaching each meal as a welcome opportunity to maintain an unmatched reputation for standout dining and lasting memories. We also embrace new ways to keep the restaurant fresh and progressive so that you’ll see us as, well, fresh and progressive as Brennan’s continues to evolve. And what other restaurant caters to its clients in sooooo many ways? — an evening theatre shuttle, cooking classes, a hotel-size ballroom, cook books and business books, chef for a day, and a chef’s table? Helen Hayes summed it up by noting that if you rest, you rust, and we’re neither resting nor rusting.


Alex Brennan-Martin

Alex grew up in the nationally acclaimed Commander’s Palace, owned and passionately run by his mother, New Orleans restaurant grand dame Ella Brennan. There, he tackled kitchen assignments, greeted guests, and learned the restaurant ropes by observing and participating in every role. Ella’s powerful charm, no-nonsense perspective, and sharp mentoring skills offered unique insight, as did Alex’s interactions with the celebrated chefs to whom his mother gave their starts — Paul Prudhomme, Emeril Lagasse, and the late Jamie Shannon, among others. Read Alex's Full Bio Here >>

Carl Walker

During his tenure as executive chef, Carl launched a radio program and published Brennan’s of Houston In Your Kitchen. Among his distinguished accolades, Chef Carl was a recipient of the highly coveted Culinary Legacy Award, lauded as one of America’s most influential chefs by restaurant critic John Mariani, and tagged “Best Chef in Houston” by My Table magazine. He also added the Ivy Award, Critic’s Choice Award, and the Mobil four-star designation to the Brennan’s of Houston’s bragging rights. And like Alex, Carl considers parenting among his greatest accomplishments. Read Carl's Full Bio Here >>



Culinary Team

Joe Cervantez, Executive Chef

Martin Weaver, Executive Sous Chef

Jose Arevalo, Creole Chef

Victor Santiago, Sous Chef

Lexie Garcia, Banquet Chef



Richard Middleton

From San Francisco to New York City, Richard Middleton has traveled the country as a representative in telecommunications industry for 20+ years, exploring new places, developing relationships and popping into local pubs for friendly conversations with "old-school bartenders," while enjoying his drink of choice, the Rob Roy. Read Richard's Full Bio Here >>



Marcus Gausepohl

A native Houstonian, Marcus Gausepohl’s passion for wine began with a trip to Hungary in his early twenties, which piqued his curiosity and led him to consume as many books (and bottles) as he could get his hands on. He now helms the wine list at Brennan’s of Houston, the landmark Texas dining institution which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.  Read Marcus's Full Bio Here >>