Team

Nick Fine, Chef/Partner

Nick Fine, Chef/Partner

Texas native Nick Fine discovered his love for cooking during a summer job at a Yellowstone National Park resort. Afterward, he spent time in the kitchens of five-star resorts in Scottsdale and Palm Springs before returning to Texas to cook ... Read More
Drake Carey, General Manager

Drake Carey, General Manager

Native Texan Drake Carey began working in the hospitality industry 11 years ago and never looked back. Before joining Underbelly Hospitality in 2021, he worked as operations manager at House of Blues Houston and Food & Beverage Manager at Omni ... Read More
Cristian Canales, Chef de Cuisine

Cristian Canales, Chef de Cuisine

Cristian Canales, born in Brazil and raised in Chile, had a successful career as an electromechanical engineer before he discovered cooking. He visited the original Underbelly restaurant in 2016 (on his birthday!), and was so inspired he decided to make ... Read More
Matthew Pridgen, Wine Director

Matthew Pridgen, Wine Director

Matthew Pridgen was raised in a farming community—and he understands the hard work involved in the production aspect of the food industry. The Houston native started in the restaurant business as a bartender at Mark’s American Cuisine, where he was ... Read More
Morgan Koster, Operations Manager

Morgan Koster, Operations Manager

Originally from Baton Rouge, Morgan and her husband made the move to Houston in 2017. Morgan studied political science at Rhodes College in Memphis, and started her career as a field organizer on various local and Congressional campaigns. While Morgan ... Read More
Lisa McCoy, Operations Manager

Lisa McCoy, Operations Manager

Lisa spent several years managing restaurants in St. Thomas before making the move to Houston in 2010. Lisa was part of the original Underbelly opening team, and has experience working at each of Underbelly Hospitality's concepts in various roles. She ... Read More
Chris Shepherd, Chef/Owner

Chris Shepherd, Chef/Owner

Midwest-raised, James Beard Award-winning Chef Chris Shepherd has helped change the landscape of the Houston culinary scene since opening Underbelly in 2012. He built the restaurant to support the Houston food community and its suppliers by buying local and drawing ... Read More