Robert Del Grande is Chef and Owner of Café Annie + Bar Annie. He joined Café Annie in 1981 and was instrumental in the rise and development of Southwest Cooking in America. This year will mark Robert’s 35th year with the restaurant. He 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. Among the numerous awards and accolades, he won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest, received the Silver Spoon Award from Food Arts, the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Riverside, and has been inducted into the Who’s Who in American Cooking. Robert is a partner in the Schiller-Del Grande Restaurant Group which operates The Grove & the Lake House – two restaurants at Discovery Green, the signature urban park in downtown Houston. In addition to restaurants, Robert has also done ideation & food concept work for several national restaurant chains and other food groups. He is also a founder partner in the ROXOR Artisan Spirits Company where, using his knowledge of the laboratory sciences, he developed the formula for ROXOR Gin. He is married to Mimi Del Grande, the managing director of Café Annie + Bar Annie and partner in the Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group.