John Sheely, retired-Mockingbird Bistro

John Sheely is a native Houstonian who earned his cooking chops in Vail, CO nearly thirty years ago. Right out of high school--and with no formal training--John supported his skiing passion for fifteen years by working in Vail's finest restaurants, eventually opening and owning L'Ostello.

In 1995, John returned to Houston to open The Rivera Grill, where restaurant critic John Mariani called him a, "Modern master," and Houston's city magazine named him a "Top Ten" chef in 2002. John opened Mockingbird Bistro, where he continues to garner accolades, including one from Esquire: "Best New Restaurants in America." In 2002 Gourmet called Mockingbird Bistro a, "Neighborhood gem."

John was on our founding Chefs Advisory Board and has taught monthly classes at Rodriguez Elementary ever since, plus wielded his talent and several Gala in Small Bites dinners through the years.