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Photo by Chuck Cook Susie Jimenez has bounced back from a Food Network Star loss to open a fusion restaurant in West Ave.
If things had gone slightly different, Susie Jimenez might not have opened her Mexican/Latin American/Indian fusion restaurant, Trenza, in Houston. Jimenez came very close to having her own Food Network cooking show. She was the runner-up in season 7 of the reality competition series Food Network Star, losing only to Jeff Mauro, the "Sandwich King."
Instead, the woman who (mostly) wowed Food Network luminaries Bobby Flay, Giada DeLaurentis, Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson headed back to her successful catering business in Colorado. It wasn't too long afterward that friends in Houston asked her to come check out the burgeoning food scene. Soon, Jimenez fell in love with Houston and decided to open Trenza here.More »