Warehouse 72 is located in the Marq-E Entertainment Center in Houston, TX. Marcus and I attended one of their wine dinners a few months back and were very impressed with the food! The restaurant itself is gorgeous (the murals are amazing!) and they have a lot of events and entertainment in addition to their great food. I recommend putting Warehouse 72 on your list of places to try!
When I saw Jaime Salazar of Warehouse 72 on the list of chefs participating in Wine and Food Week’s Wine Rendezvous and Grand Tasting, I knew I wanted to feature him on the blog! I can’t wait to see what he cooks up for the Grand Tasting this Saturday.
What is your background as a chef?
I’ve always had a passion for cooking since I was a little boy. I still remember the day my mom bought me my first cookbook at the age of 11. After graduating high school, I decided to pursue my career at The Culinary institute of Las Vegas. During my time in Las Vegas I worked at the Wynn Hotel and Casino. After graduating with my Associates in culinary arts I decided to follow my family to Houston. I’ve Been in Houston since 2007 and have had the opportunity to work for some great chefs and great restaurants including The Houston Country Club, Mark’s American cuisine, and my last post (of 8 years) with Clark Cooper concepts as executive chef at Brasserie 19.
What is the inspiration behind the cuisine at Warehouse 72?
Thankfully I’ve had the opportunity to work under some great chefs and different types of cuisines in my past. That is what inspired the menu here at Warehouse 72. We are a New American Cuisine restaurant with Global inspiration. Utilizing ingredients and flavors from around the world.
How would you describe your style of cooking? What can guests expect at Warehouse 72?
My style of cooking is simple yet elegant, we use high quality ingredients and keep the dishes simple. We try and source local ingredients when we can and bring in fresh product into our restaurant 6 days a week. Guests can expect to find a little bit of everything on our menu. From Spanish charred octopus to gulf broiled oysters, Australian lamb chops to Prime grade dry aged steaks.
What is your most popular dish?
One of our most popular dishes at Warehouse 72 is our grilled lamb chops. We take Australian lamb and marinade them for a minimum of 24 hours with our house made herb oil. They are then grilled and served with our Oak wood smoked carrots, sweet potato purée and our spinach and hazelnut pesto.