Pieter Sypesteyn

The Cookhouse

Pieter Sypesteyn was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He spent much of his life in the kitchens of his parents' restaurants. Upon graduation from high school he decided to pursue a culinary arts degree. He graduated from the Art Institute of Orange County, CA in 2004. After graduating from culinary school, he was hired by the Los Angeles Country Club in Beverly Hills, where he worked under the classically-trained Swiss chef Christian Reber. He later moved to San Antonio in 2007, and worked under well known chefs Thierry Burkle and Andrew Weissman. After five years in San Antonio, Sypesteyn took advantage of the very successful food truck trend in 2012, and bought his own food truck to bring his native New Orleans street food to San Antonio. He has seen tremendous success with Where Y'at Food Truck and was voted "Best Food Truck" in San Antonio Magazine in 2012, the first year opened. Pieter and the truck have also been featured in the San Antonio Express News (Taste section-the first food truck to be written about in Taste), as well as national magazines, including Southern Living, The Weekly, and Garden and Gun. After more than ten years in the culinary industry, Sypesteyn followed his dream and opened his first brick and mortar restaurant, The Cookhouse - a New Orleans Restaurant, which will allowed him to expand his Cajun/ Creole food concept to include a larger, more diverse menu, including an oyster bar and live music. After his first quarter in business, he received numerous local and national accolades including "Best New Restaurant" and "Best Chef" from San Antonio Magazine, and was awarded three and a half stars by the San Antonio Express News. When not working in the restaurant, he spends his time with wife and business partner, Susan and his four young children.