Chefs: Seth Siegel-Gardner & Manabu Horiuchi “Hori” 

Nov 3, 2010   |   News  

We are super excited to add 2 more amazing chefs to our lineup. Seth Siegel-Gardner and Manabu Horiuchi also known as “Hori” will be joining us at the wine conference on November 21st.

Seth Siegel-GardnerSeth Siegel-Gardner has worked with some of the greatest chefs of our time.  After graduating from the University of Denver, Seth made his way to New York City, where he worked in the kitchen at Aquavit, under the brilliant tutelage of Marcus Samuelsson.  Two years later he went on to work for Scott Conant at Alto and then with Gordon Ramsay at his restaurant inside The London hotel in New York City.His close working relationship with Samuelsson has provided the essential foundation for the techniques and simplicity that are at the heart of Seth’s cooking today.

Seth, a native Houstonian, finally found his way back home.  He produced the amazing Just 8 Project, hat took place in August, which was a hit with the Houston scene. Today Seth brings passion and experience as Chef de Cuisine at Kata Robata, one of Houston’s best Japanese restaurants.

Manabu Horiuchi or "Hori"Manabu Horiuchi or “Hori” as he likes to be called – was born in Shizuoka, Japan in 1974.  At the age of 10 he was inspired by his mother to become a chef. After graduation he moved to Osaka to attend the country’s most prestigious culinary school,  Tsuji Culinary Institute of Japan.
Hori excelled, graduating in 1993 with top honors and a special certification to handle and prepare blowfish.

He moved to Tokyo in 1993 to work at Sushi-Ko Honten, one of the most high profile sushi restaurants in Japan. Hori was the Executive Assistant Chef under celebrity chef Mamoru Sugiyama.  In 1999, Hori was bestowed the great honor of moving to Houston to serve as the Consulate General of Japan’s Official Executive Chef, preparing family meals in addition to cooking for large social events attended by dignitaries such as James A. Baker, Sen. John Glenn, and former NBA player Clyde Drexler.

Hori was on the lookout for a new challenge, and Azuma Group’s Yun Cheng, who is a long-time fan  suggested that his new Japanese tapas concept might be a perfect fit. No longer behind the scenes, Hori is ready to pursue his goal to make Kata Robata the best Japanese restaurant in America, he says with a laugh and a look that is anything but a joke.

You have until November 5th to get full registration to the Wine Conference for only $75. Join us at the Four Seasons Hotel Downtown, Houston with 4 sessions that include 4 tastings & 4 gourmet food pairings in each session. Drink and dine on cuisine from your local rock star chefs and wine experts for only $75.

The ticket price will continue to go up the closer we get to November 21st -  so get the deals while you can!

The Wine Conference Team