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David Cordua


David Cordúa is Executive Chef and Principal of DMCordúa Hospitality and David + Michael Cordúa Events. A native Houstonian, Cordúa has over 15 years of experience in the restaurant, hotel and catering business.

Prior to his hospitality group, Cordúa was Executive Chef and Owner of Cordúa Restaurants of Churrascos, Americas and Cordúa Catering fame.

Following a degree in Finance from Santa Clara University in 2004, David received a Grande Diplome in cuisine and pastry from the Cordon Bleu in Paris in 2005. Training at notable restaurants including La Tour d’Argent and L’Auberge Bressane, he remained in Paris working as long as his visa allowed.

Upon his return Cordúa was hired as Food and Beverage Mgr. at the Hayes Mansion in San Jose, CA, hotel resort and conference center, where he managed its two restaurants, bar, banquets, private events and wine purchasing.

In 2008 David returned to Houston to open Americas in the Woodlands followed by Americas River Oaks in 2010. Overseeing menu development, recipes, training and implementation for Cordua’s four concepts as well as Cordúa catering subsequent openings occurred including Churrascos Sugarland in 2012, Churrascos Memorial City in 2014 and Churrascos Champions in 2015.

He co-wrote and published ‘The Cordúa Cookbook’ in 2013 to commemorate the family’s 25 years in operation. Cordúa represented Houston in a four Mexican city tour of dinners, cooking demos and public events as Houston’s food ambassador for Visit Houston’s ‘Hola Houston’ campaign in 2016. Recently he was the host of Houston Public Media’s nationally syndicated ‘The Houston Cookbook’ on PBS.

David lives in Houston’s Fourth Ward and enjoys spending time at Buffalo Bayou Park, The Museum District, the breweries and street art of Houston’s East End, and live music at Last Concert Café, The Big Easy and Cezanne’s.


Up and Coming Chef of the Year, My Table Magazine – 2010

Ovation Award for Philanthropy, Houston Grand Opera – 2013

Service Award, Houston Hispanic Bar Association - 2013

40 Under 40, Houston Business Journal - 2015

1st Place ,Truffle Masters - 2015

People’s Choice, Houston Mac Down – 2016

1st Place, Sips, Suds ans Taco Take Down – 2017

People’s Choice, Tacos Over Texas - 2018

Best Dish, Halloween Food Fight - 2018


Houston Arts Alliance since 2018 - present

Children @ Risk since 2012 - present

Healthcare for the Homeless 2013 -2016

The Health Museum’s YPO 2009-2012

FLOCK at the Houston Zoo 2008-2011


Contributing Writer, ‘The Wright Way’ - 2011

Television Host, ‘The Houston Cookbook’ – 2018

Co Author, ‘The Cordúa Cookbook’ -2013

Contributing Writer, ‘David Cordua’s Nicaraguan Cheat Sheet’ - 2014

Reoccurring Appearances: Great Day Houston, Houston Life, The Cleverly Show, Packing Taste Podcast

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