Chef Brandi Key And Clark Cooper Concepts Part Ways
In a very brief statement from Clark Cooper Concepts, we’ve been informed that chef Brandi Key is no longer with the company. The company owns Ibiza, Coppa Osteria, Punk’s Simple Southern Food, The Dunlavy and Brasserie 19.
The statement reads as follows:
Clark Cooper Concepts and Chef Brandi Key have amicably separated. Chef Brandi Key has played an instrumental role in the development of Clark Cooper Concepts. Clark Cooper Concepts wishes her the best of luck with her future endeavors.
The chef worked for the restaurant group owned by Charles Clark and Grant Cooper for nearly seven years, developing the opening menus for Coppa Osteria, Punk’s and The Dunlavy. The same was true for the original Coppa on Washington Avenue, which closed in 2014, and SaltAir Seafood Kitchen, which closed in 2017. Key’s accolades included being named Chef of the Year at the 2013 My Table Houston Culinary Awards.
Key’s profile has already been removed from the Clark Cooper Concepts website. Visit Edible Houston for an interview with Key that detailed her role with the company.
It’s not clear at this time if Clark Cooper Concepts intends to fill Key’s role with someone else. We’ve asked the chef for comment on what her plans are and will update this article if we receive more information from either her or her former employer.
Phaedra Cook has written about Houston’s restaurant and bar scene since 2010. She was a regular contributor to My Table magazine (now closed) and was the lead restaurant critic for the Houston Press for two years, eventually being promoted to food editor. Cook founded Houston Food Finder in November 2016 and has been its editor and publisher ever since.