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Nobu Houston Announces Its Executive Chef

Carl Murray heads to Houston via Nobu’s Dallas outpost

Photo credit Rachel Blackwood

When Nobu arrives in Houston, Chef Carl Murray, formerly of Nobu Dallas, will helm the kitchen.

On her Instagram account, Nobu pastry chef Cessy Mendoza posted a photo of Nobu Dallas executive chef Carl Murray holding a farewell cake. A representative from Nobu has confirmed to Eater that Murray will be leaving his post in Dallas to run the kitchen at Nobu’s Houston outpost when it arrives. Gordon Gilbert, formerly of Nobu locations in the Caribbean and Vegas, will serve as the restaurant’s general manager after three months of training in Dallas.

A handful of other employees, including kitchen and wait staff, will also be trekking down to Houston from Dallas to set up shop, according to Nobu Dallas’ office manager Carlos Hernandez. And to fill in the staffing gaps, the restaurant hosted an open call this week to staff most of the vacant Houston positions including servers, bartenders, chefs, hostesses, and even a reservationist and events coordinator.

Nobu is expected to make its Houston debut in June. Stay tuned for an exact opening day and hours of operation as more information becomes available.