Richard Knight

Houston, TX

Richard Knight grew up in a small town in the southwest of England. The day he graduated, he hopped on a train to London and spent the next few years working in everything from luxury restaurants to Soho bistros throughout the city.

Upon moving to Houston, Texas, Richard opened “Feast” which soon became a well known “nose to tail” restaurant that was said to have pushed Houston eaters into a whole new fantastic world of exciting and unusual food. Mainly using whole animals and fish, the menu was based on old traditional European recipes mixed with a some modern flair and a little cheeky British humor.

Richard was the opening chef at Hunky Dory Tavern in the up-and-coming Heights area of Houston. Hunky Dory’s kitchen centered around a wood burning hearth which brought a whole new layer and depth of flavor to the dishes, using only locally farmed meat, dairy and produce and fresh gulf fish.

Richard is presently working on a project with his wife, Carrie Jean Knight, a series of spring pop-up events called “Breaking Bread” – A gathering of chefs, farmers, family and friends,
A feasting on local meats, fish, provisions and wine,
A celebration of life with good people abound.

Additionally, he is the midst of planning for a big new top secret project to be announced summer 2017!

Accolades & Publications

  • James Beard Foundation – Best Chef: Southwest Semi-Finalist (2010), Best New Restaurant Nominee (Feast, 2009)
  • Culturemap – Best Chef Semifinalist (Hunky Dory, 2016)
  • Houston Chronicle – Alison Cook’s Top 100 (Hunky Dory, 2016)
  • Travel + Leisure – 50 Best New US Restaurants (Feast, 2009)
  • Bon Appétit – Top Ten Best New Restaurants in America (Feast, 2009)
  • Houston Press – Best Restaurant (2009)
  • Houston Culinary Awards – Restaurateurs of the Year (2009)
  • Houston Press – Best New Restaurant (Feast, 2008)
  • Houston Chronicle – Best New Restaurant (Feast, 2008)


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