Houstonians have raved about Good Dog Houston's gourmet hot dogs ever since they started serving them from their baby blue food truck a few years ago. In time, the owners, Daniel Caballero and Amalia Pferd, were able to secure a storefront location in The Heights which now serves as their home base.
Photo by Chuck Cook Photography Amalia Pferd of Good Dog Houston
The truck is still around. It usually adorns the restaurant's parking lot, but it's still taken out for events and catering.
Recently, Pferd was honored as a finalist for Up-and-Coming chef for the 2014 Houston Culinary Awards. You might think that's unexpected for someone who specializes in gourmet hot dogs, but there's more to Pferd's background than you might know.
Come back tomorrow for Part 2, where Pferd will talk about the challenges she and Caballero had in transitioning from a food truck to a brick-and-mortar with strong neighborhood ties, their new retail program and her top picks for what menu items you absolutely must try at Good Dog Houston.
EOW: How long have you been in Houston?
AP: I've been in Houston since I was nine years old. I moved from Orange County, California. My dad got a job here. I did, however, go to college in Colorado. I returned to Houston in 2005.
EOW: When you went to college, did you expect that you were going to become a chef?
AP: I went to college for psychology. I realized in my senior year that was not what I was going to do, but finished up anyway. I tried the whole "real job" nine-to-five thing. I didn't really fit in or feel comfortable or excited about it so I decided to go to culinary school. I went to [Culinary Institute] LeNôtre and finished that in 2007. I was working at Houston Country Club during that time. I worked under Chef Charles [Carroll]. That was great and I learned quite a bit.More »