Philip Speer has resigned from the Uchi Restaurant Group. The two-time James Beard Award semi-finalist served as the prestigious restaurant group’s director of culinary operations and executive pastry chef, joining executive chef Tyson Cole’s team in 2005. Speer previously worked at Jean-Luc’s Bistro, Seven, and Starlite in Austin, and at chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Bank in Houston.
The Houston native spearheaded the opening of the restaurant group’s most recent restaurant, St. Philip Pizza Parlor + Bake Shop (named after the patron saint of pastry chefs and bakers), which opened in October. But Speer, 37, took a leave of absence from the group in mid-October after being arrested for DWI following a collision that caused a natural gas leak. Speer later returned to the restaurant group in an undefined role, which he occupied until his resignation this week.
“We understand his decision and are grateful for his innumerable contributions and dedication over the last ten years and we wish him success for his future endeavors,” the Uchi Restaurant Group said in a statement.