LE PAM’S HOUSE OF CREOLE
Chef Pamela Graham owns and operates Le Pam’s House of Creole.
Chef Pam is an inspiration and a mentor to me. The first time I met her, she gave me a big hug, called me baby and started handing me samples of her scratch made Creole. (She still does that today! Those slow cooked oxtails just melt in your mouth!)
Her passion for food came later in life. At first, she wanted to be a hairdresser. She got her cosmetology license and worked doing ladies hair. She laughs when she remembers a customer named Ms. Willie Mae who told her. “You do beautiful hair, but that’s not your gift!” That customer kept coming back and asking why was she still there.
Chef Pam decided to go to study food and graduated from the Culinary Institute of New Orleans. She told me she would never volunteer to be chef for the day. One day, her teacher, Chef B, volunteered her. She went up, worked her magic and the teacher said, “I knew you could cook, but not this good.” She earned student of the month!
Once she got a taste of the food world, she realized the love and the talent she possessed. She graduated a chef and went to work for Aramark, the country’s largest food provider. She told me she learned a lot from working there about banquets, bartending, presentation, etc.
When Hurricane Katrina hit, Chef Pam moved to California. Chef Pam is an incredibly friendly, ultraintelligent Chef, who loves to cook, loves to laugh and loves to tell stories. I had a great time interviewing her. She subtlety mentioned the time when Snoop Dog’s manager called her and asked her to cater the BET Awards.
In California, she opened Pam’s Creole Catering. I believe once she was self-employed, the dream continued to materialize. In addition to being a trained, respected, hard-working and gifted chef, she is also a proud mother of 8. Bragging about her kids, she told me she has 2 Marines, 2 nurses and one has a double-masters. Whatever she chooses to do, she
pours all her heart and soul into.
After the last son graduated, Chef Pam and her husband moved to Houston and opened Le Pam’s House of Creole. She said to get the word out about her restaurant she would put her chef coat on, in the Texas heat, with flyers and samples and go to every business along 1960 introducing herself. Soon, word spread and people starting find out she has the best Creole food this side of the Sabine River. I had the honor of working an event with her and she was amazing. She has been featured in the Houston Press, Public News and on the Debra Duncan show. She has also been in the national spotlight with Travel Destinations with Andrew Zimmerman. Chef Pam just signed a new multi-year lease at her location, so go support one of the most talented chefs in Houston!