Whether you think he is actually hot or not, there are few chefs (heck, people!) who elicit a passionate response like Bryan Caswell. Love him or hate him, the Reef, Little Big's and Stella Sola boss was a Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chef" and has even walked a red carpet with food paparazzi.
For our anniversary, my wife and I went to Reef. Caswell came out to our table say hello, and after he walked off, I think my wife had trouble breathing a little bit. I know he has her vote in the Houston's Hottest Chef Contest. I guess that I'm secure enough in my manhood to say that Caswell is one good-looking dude.
Eating Our Words: What are your thoughts on being a finalist for Houston's Hottest Chef?
Bryan Caswell: I think it's crazy. Pretty ridiculous.
EOW: Have any customers at Reef asked you about it?
BC: No, but I have had a lot of people call me or text me to ask me if I have seen it. Some people have emailed it to me.
EOW: Has anyone given you shit about it?
BC: You mean like my entire kitchen staff? I hear it from them all the time. Chris Shepherd (from Catalan) has been one of the worst, sending me text messages and stuff.
EOW: What do you think about your competition?
BC: I'm not very good about judging the sexiness of men.
EOW: What about the women finalist?
BC: I voted for Meagan [finalist Meagan Silk from Feast].
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EOW: You were a finalist for the James Beard Award this year...
BC: This would be way better.
EOW: Final question: Since you are a seafood expert, what do you say when a woman asks you to try her tuna taco?
BC: Never been asked. I'm still waiting on that one. Maybe winning would help that out.