David Denis

Partner & Executive Chef

Maître Cuisinier de France 


As Executive Chef and Co-owner of Le Mistral Restaurant, I brought French and French-fusion cuisine to the Energy Corridor in Houston for nearly two decades. I am currently involved in new projects including Bistro555 and Cocody.

I grew up in the restaurant business in the south of France. My grandmother, Meme, who I was very fond of, owned two restaurants in the city of La Seyne-sur-Mer, in the south of France. Food has always been a source of love for me. Food is connected to the earth, hard work, and connection to people. I love creating something for others will enjoy and I love sharing my French culture with others.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Food in Houston 2012
  • Best in the World Cookbook Application (2nd place)
  • Best Food in Houston
  • Best Food in Houston 2011
  • Award of Excellence
  • Best Food in Houston
  • Chef of the Year Nomination
  • Award of Excellence
  • Best French Restaurant in Houston
  • Best of Houston Ice Cream
  • Top French Restaurant in Houston
  • Up and Coming Chef Nomination (x3)
  • Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Award 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • Chaine Des Rotisseurs Baillage de L’etoile Solitaire Food and Wine Society

Bistro 55