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Published on Friday, June 14, 2019

San Antonio Chef Recognized as the International UNESCO Creative Cities Chef at the XIII Annual Conference in Italy

CONTACT: Laura Serrano, 210-207-7256


SAN ANTONIO (June, 14, 2019) – San Antonio chef Pieter Sypesteyn has been recognized as the International UNESCO Creative Cities Chef at the XIII Annual Conference of Creative Cities in Fabriano, Italy on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Sypesteyn - owner and chef of San Antonio restaurants The Cookhouse, NOLA Brunch and Beignets, and Bud’s Southern Rotisserie - was designated the winner of the UNESCO’s “Gastronomic Made in Italy” international contest in April. Sypesteyn's Smoked Fish Manicotti was an innovative take on traditional Italian pasta, using sustainably-sourced fish with fresh seasonal herbs and vegetables. Winning the competition earned Sypesteyn the designation of UNESCO Creative Cities Chef.


Sypesteyn's culinary roots can be traced back to his home city of New Orleans. The city's Creole, French, and Italian influence are easily seen in his signature dishes and throughout all of his concepts.  Pieter, his wife Susan, and their 4 children have called San Antonio home since 2007. He has loved being a part of the growing food scene in San Antonio where his restaurants have become favorites among locals and visitors alike and he's earned numerous awards and recognitions.


“I feel so fortunate to be able to showcase just a little bit of the awesome food that San Antonio currently has to offer and the promise of more to come,” Sypesteyn said.


During the XIII Annual Conference of Creative Cities, June 10-16, representatives and delegates from 180 cities around the world will meet in Fabriano, Italy to discuss the mission, objectives and future strategies of UNESCO, with the aim of consolidating the network and launching new cooperation projects. More than 500 distinguished guests, including delegates, representatives of institutions and renowned people belonging to the fields of art and culture from all over the world, will participate in the annual conference to discuss the future of cities in the 21st century.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network, created in 2004, promotes knowledge, cooperation and projects among cities that consider culture and creativity as essential drivers of their development. Working together, sharing experiences, opinions and best practices, launching initiatives, and enhancing the intangible cultural heritage of each one are the key goals of the network.


San Antonio joined the UNESCO network as a Creative City of Gastronomy in 2017. It joined Tucson, Arizona as the only two cities in the U.S. with this status. Through UNESCO, gastronomy is about a city's culinary heritage, how a city shares that heritage and is it sustainable for future generations.


For more information on San Antonio as a Creative City of Gastronomy, visit

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