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Underbelly’s Chris Shepherd Cooked For The Stars After This Year’s Emmy Awards

Is he BFFs with Jimmy Kimmel?

Shepherd’s cooking station at Kimmel’s afterparty.
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As a James Beard Award winner and Food & Wine Best New Chef recipient, Underbelly’s Chris Shepherd has long been a culinary celebrity. Over the weekend, Shepherd got to hang with actual celebrities — you know, the ones on TV — in California.

Shepherd flew to L.A. to hobnob with (and serve food to) TV stars at Jimmy Kimmel’s Emmys afterparty on Sunday night. On the menu was Shepherd’s much-lauded Korean braised goat and dumplings, a dish that’s earned copious acclaim from diners and critics alike.

In 2012, the dish topped Houston Press critic Katharine Shilcutt’s list of her 100 favorite dishes. Two years later, Shepherd wowed the country with the dish on Esquire TV’s Knife Fight, even sharing the recipe for his famous braised goat after the episode aired. Clearly, this dish may soon become one of Houston’s most famous.

Eater reached out to Shepherd for more details on his experience at the Emmys. We’ll update this post with any new information.