Houston Chef Monica Pope: Texas Lifestyle Magazine — June 2016.
For Monica Pope, food is the language of family. The German-born chef grew up in Southwest Houston with the bayou as her backyard, learning the art of cooking from her Czech grandmother, who sparked Pope’s love for food. As a teenager, she spent two summers “studying” with her mother’s mother in Kansas, with the purpose of learning about Czech food and family recipes that she could keep alive and pass on.
Pope also hoped to hear stories. “I wanted to hear about my family. I wanted to know who I was and where I came from; what we were going to pass on food-wise. It seemed to be the thing that was unique about us and that bound us together as a family.”