Gerard Brach Obituary, Death – It is with profound sorrow and heavy hearts that we must inform you of the passing of our teacher and dear friend, Chef Gerard Brach. Chef Gerard Brach opened Chez nous in 1984 with the intention of making it one of Houston’s most acclaimed French restaurants. Until they were ready to expand Chez nous, he, his wife Sandra, and their three daughters Danielle, Vanessa, and Jessica lived and worked in the restaurant for its first seven years of operation. During that time, they managed the business while also using it as their primary residence.

Today, Chef Stacy Simonson gives credit for the restaurant’s success to Chef Brach’s remarkable ability to command a kitchen and bring out the best in everyone. In the kitchen, Chef Brach encouraged creativity while maintaining a level of discipline. Simonson says, “He gave me an opportunity that I never could have imagined, and he gave me a friendship that I never could have imagined.” “Chez nous” literally translates to “our home,” and while it’s true that Brach is the one who built it, we intend to carry on all of his traditions.

He was more than just a chef, but his contributions to the world of food have earned him a great deal of respect. From his time spent as a Captain, sailing across the Atlantic or to Cuba, he wrote a story of the adventure from the point of view of his canine companion Ziggy. This story was published. After surviving a hurricane with a category 3 rating, he was asked by the United States Coast Guard to document the strategies that helped him make it through the storm. He was able to communicate in five different languages, paint, read nonstop, walk for miles and miles, and savor a good meal with a glass of wine. Because he was so committed to his interests, Chef Brach was an inspiration to a great number of people. The Chez nous cru will be forever grateful to Chef Brach for his friendship and guidance throughout the years. This will be his legacy.