San Antonio, TX
Pieter Sypesteyn began his first official industry job at the Los Angeles Country Club in Beverly Hills. When he moved to San Antonio in 2007, he worked under Chefs Thierry Burkle and Andrew Weissman. Missing the food and flavors of his hometown, New Orleans, and riding the 2012 food truck wave, he bought his own truck and brought New Orleans street food to the city. His Where Y’at Food Truck was voted “Best Food Truck” in San Antonio Magazine in its first year. Expanding upon his mobile Cajun and Creole concept, Sypesteyn opened his first brick-and-mortar restaurant, Cookhouse. Since its debut three years ago, San Antonio Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” has become a headquarters for the community and an industry hangout for those looking to chow down on po’ boys, boudin balls, and soulful, seasonally driven New Orleans cuisine. Sypesteyn’s latest venture, NOLA Brunch and Beignets, brought breakfast to the neighborhood. With a community-first approach to business, he and his wife Susan also run Third Coast Charities to foster positive relationships between residents and businesses.