Considered a “pork-filled glory” by the Houston Press. With a casual atmosphere serving delicious and original French/ Southern influenced cuisine. It’s Southern Fried with a French Twist”. That’s why it’s…A FINE FOOD SHACK!!!
Frédéric Perrier, a native of Lyon, France, first apprenticed at the age of fifteen under Georges Blanc, the renowned chef-owner of the eponymous restaurant in Vonnas. Further education took place at Paul Bocuse near Lyons, L’Oasis on the Cote d’Azur, and other Michelin two and three-star restaurants before spending a year on the island of Saint Barthelemy in the French West Indies and ultimately moving to New York City.
Working in several restaurants there, he gained national recognition as Executive Chef of La Cité, an acclaimed French restaurant in midtown Manhattan, where he was highly praised in such publications as Gourmet, Bon Appetite, The New Yorker, Food & Wine, Esquire, and The Wall Street Journal, among many others. Following La Cité, he opened F•Stop, also in New York City, while at the same time acting as the Private Chef for the French Ambassador to the United Nations for four years. During these years, Chef Perrier was the Requested Chef for many Private Dinner Parties hosted by and for numerous Celebrities and Political Figures from around the World.
Chef Perrier splashed onto the Houston culinary scene with Grille 5115, which he Co-owned and served as Executive Chef. Perrier soon opened Café Perrier in the Galleria area of Houston. Café Perrier opened to rave reviews from the Houston and Texas press, further establishing him as a Premier Chef and Culinary Artist.
On numerous occasions, Chef Perrier has served as a special guest chef to the James Beard House, where has was named a “Rising Star in American Cuisine,” in 1991. Chef Perrier has lent his talents to scores of charitable events and corporate kitchens, including his own line of Uncle Ben’s “Chef’s Recipes,” products.
Renowned for his mastery of French classical and bistro cooking, Chef Perrier has been widely recognized for his creativity and inventive nature by introducing Southwestern, South American, and Asian influences to his cooking. His vast ability to interpret dishes for the local region has garnered him a fierce and loyal following.
Wanting to stay closer to home and his family, Chef Perrier later opened AURA Restaurant in Missouri City. With the cuisine in this suburban spot known as ‘Innovative American with an ‘inch’ of French’, Perrier earned a spotlight once again. Stunning the locals with his ‘city fare’, being named as one of Houston’s Top Ten New Restaurants and enjoying career-high word of mouth advertising.
Eventually the creative need propelled Chef Perrier to relocate Aura Restaurant into Sugar Land Town Square. Chef Perrier added more ‘fun’ to this new location and gave his new ‘Aura’ a new name – Aura Brasserie. Because his location in Missouri City had been so successful, he decided not to let the space go but rather opened Coco Pazzo by Aura. With Mediterranean Italian Cuisine, the Missouri City location continues keeping the locals happy.
Showing more of his range, Chef Perrier also opened a fun, fast-casual eatery in Missouri City. Hoggs n’ Chicks ~ “A Fine Food Shack” gives families a great place to eat with a larger menu full of selections for anyone from a 5-year old to a foodie.
These three Fort Bend hits have Chef Perrier enjoying the success of what has been dubbed ‘The Texas Trifecta’ – with Aura Brasserie, Coco Pazzo by Aura and Hoggs n’ Chicks.
Chef Frédéric Perrier resides in Southwest Houston along with his wife Michelle, a native Houstonian. Chef & Mrs. Perrier have two sons, Freddie and Lex.