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A native Houstonian, nationally acclaimed Bryan Caswell is considered one of the most valuable and visible players in the city's culinary scene. Chef Caswell is known for his excellence and creativity at his string of successful local restaurants -- REEF, Little Bigs and El Real Tex Mex. Chef Caswell's influences come from working with some of the world's greatest chefs in the Bahamas, Bangkok, Thailand, Barcelona, Spain, Hong Kong and New York, as well as a lifetime spent entrenched in the food cultures of South Texas and Louisiana.

Chef Caswell's accomplishments and numerous awards emphasize that he is one of the country's top rising chefs.

  • 2009 Best New Chef Award from Food & Wine magazine
  • 2010 James Beard Award semifinalist as Best Chef of the Southwest
  • REEF as Bon Appétit magazine's #1 Seafood Restaurant in the U.S.
  • REEF as one of Travel + Leisure magazine's 50 Best New Restaurants in the U.S.

Locally, Chef Caswell is an award winner as Restaurateur of the Year and Chef of the Year by My Table Magazine. The Houston Press has also awarded him with Best Restaurant, Best Seafood Restaurant and Best Milkshake, to name a few.

In 2010 Bryan earned a spot on the Food Network show "The Next Iron Chef" and was put to the test as he persevered through an impressive six out of eight rounds of elimination. In the kitchen, he is intense and moves quickly, despite his 6-foot-4, 240-pound stature. During an interview, "The Next Iron Chef" judge Simon Majumdar spoke about Bryan, saying, "Chef Caswell confounds me. He looks like a linebacker and cooks like a ballerina," referencing his artistic skills and exceptional style. In addition to being a chef and restaurateur, Caswell was recently appointed to the Continental Airlines "Congress of Chefs" to lend his expertise in developing the menu for its first class in-flight food service. He also co-hosts a weekly radio program called "Southbound Food" on Houston's "1560 The Game" AM radio and is now proud to share his talents in "the big leagues" at Minute Maid Park.

"I've been a diehard Astros fan all my life. It's like I've been called up from the Minors to play for the home team. I am excited to be part of the Astros and ARAMARK team. It is an incredible opportunity, and I'm humbled. I look forward to doing my part to make the food at Minute Maid the best in Major League Baseball."

Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Houston, Minute Maid Park is home to the Houston Astros and hosts a variety of meetings, conventions, conferences, weddings and other special events year-round. Chef Caswell looks forward to the opportunity to impress you and your guests. Bon appétit!

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