Meet Chef Paul Friedman

Master Chef and CEO of Peli Peli restaurant, is the 2013 Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Award Winner as part of the 9th Annual Wine & Food Week event. Chef Paul has over 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry, having owned and operated successful restaurant concepts in South Africa and Germany. Peli Peli restaurant is Chef Paul’s 58th restaurant and is the only South African restaurant concept in Texas. His menu features authentic South African cuisine along with steak, chicken and seafood favorites that are prepared in Chef Paul's South African fusion-style. Open since April 2009, Peli Peli has won several awards such as Best Service & Best Atmosphere – Readers’ Choice Award (Houston Press) and Best Romantic Restaurant – Currently the 7th restaurant out of 2,056 restaurants in Houston according to, Peli Peli has garnered a reputation for being the perfect place for a date.

Chef Paul has published his second cookbook in his popular “From a Jew to the Stew” book series and is working on his 3rd cookbook in the series. Chef Paul is a recurring motivational speaker for national food distributors and has been featured in several cooking features and competitions on local television. Chef Paul was also one of sixty (60) Houston Chefs recently listed in the book, “Best Chefs America”.