S.A. chef wins international competition

April 15, 2019

San Antonio has good reason to wish chef Pieter Sypesteyn a huge congratulazioni.

The chef and co-owner, along with his wife, Susan Kaars-Sypesteyn, of Cookhouse, NOLA Brunch & Beignets and Bud’s Southern Rotisserie, has earned the title of International Chef of UNESCO Creative Cities following a winning performance at a cooking competition April 11 in Parma, Italy.

The goal of the competition was to create a forward-looking dish that paid tribute to the food, culture and history of Parma. Sypesteyn, one of three chefs selected to compete, bested his competition with a smoked fish manicotti filled with sustainably sourced bycatch along with fresh seasonal herbs and vegetables.

Sypesteyn will return to Italy in June to present his winning dish at the XIII UNESCO Creative City Annual Conference in Fabriano.

UNESCO granted San Antonio the designation of Creative City of Gastronomy in 2017 following a successful application highlighting the area’s long history of culinary innovation stemming from waves of migration dating back more than 10,000 years.

Paul Stephen is a food and drink reporter and restaurant critic in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | pstephen@express-news.net | Twitter: @pjbites | Instagram: @pjstephen