Talent

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Lidia Bastianich
Chef & Owner, Felidia, Becco, Del Posto, Eataly, Lidia’s Kansas City and Pittsburgh
Jamie Bissonnette
Chef & Owner, Coppa, Toro and Little Donkey
Amanda Freitag
Chef, Judge on Food Network's Chopped & Cookbook Author
Stephanie Izard
Chef & Owner, Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat
Paul Kahan
Paul Kahan, Executive Chef & Owner, One Off Hospitality Group (Dove's, Big Star, Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Publican Quality Meats, Publican Anker, Publican Quality Bread, Publican Tavern, Nico Osteria)
Nyesha Arrington
Chef & Co-owner, NATIVE
Tim Love
Chef & Owner, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie's Steakhouse, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon and Back Dough
Cassidee Dabney
Executive Chef, The Barn at Blackberry Farm
Diego Galicia
Chef & Co-Owner, Mixtli
Rico Torres
Chef/Co-Owner, Mixtli
Jason Dady
Chef & Owner, Jason Dady Restaurant Group
Tyson Cole
Chef & Owner, Hai Hospitality
Helen Johannesen
owner helen's wines, partner in Jon & Vinny's Beverage Director of Joint Ventures Restaurant Group
Rodney Scott
Pitmaster, Rodney Scott’s BBQ
Andrew Curren
Executive Chef/Partner, ELM Restaurant Group (24 Diner, Easy Tiger, Italic, Irene's, Fareground)
Billy Durney
Owner & Fire Maker, Hometown Bar-B-Que
Sonya Coté
Owner& Executive Chef, Eden East and Hillside Farmacy
Ray Garcia
Executive Chef & Partner, Broken Spanish & BS Taqueria
Carmen Valera
Boss Lady & Tamalera, Tamale House East
David Bull
Executive Chef of Second Bar + Kitchen and Vice President of Culinary Operations at La Corsha Hospitality Group
Maribel Rivero
Executive Chef, Yuyo
Wayne Mueller
3rd Generation Owner & Pit Master, Louie Mueller Barbecue
Michael Fojtasek
Executive Chef & Owner, Olamaie
Mary Catherine Curren
Executive Pastry Chef, ELM Restaurant Group
Todd Duplechan
Executive Chef & Co-Owner, Lenoir
Craig Collins
Master Sommelier & Beverage Director, Elm Restaurant Group
June Rodil
Master Sommelier, McGuire Moorman Hospitality Beverage Director & June’s All Day Partner
Devon Broglie
Master Sommelier and Global Beverage Buyer, Whole Foods Market
Joshua Thomas
Chef, Mattie’s at Green Pastures
Tatsu Aikawa + Takuya "Tako" Matsumoto
Co-Executive Chefs, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya and Ramen Tatsu-Ya
Jason McVearry + Trisha Fortuna
Co-Founders & Chief Poke Creators, Poke-Poke
Sterling Ridings
Head Chef, Guild
Austin Ewald
Head Chef, Grizzelda’s
Stephanie McClenny
Owner & Principal Jam Maker, Confituras Little Kitchen
Ji Peng Chen
Executive Chef, Wu Chow
Thomas Calhoun
Executive Chef, Aviary Wine + Kitchen
Jennifer Nguyen
Executive Chef, Parkside
Kevin Fink
Executive Chef & Owner, Emmer & Rye
Harold Marmulstein
Executive Chef, Salty Sow
Lance Kirkpatrick
Pitmaster, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
David Norman
Head Doughpuncher/Partner, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden
Ashley Neave
Executive Chef, Forthright
Taylor Hall
Chef & Owner, Apis Restaurant
Stephen Bonin
Executive Chef, Geraldine’s
Jo Chan
Chef du Cuisine, Eberly
Andrew Wiseheart
Chef & Owner, Contigo Austin
Max Synder
Executive Chef, Pitchfork Pretty
Kazu Fukumoto
Chef & Owner, Fukumoto: Sushi and Yakitori Izakaya
John Bates + Brandon Martinez
Chefs & Co-Owners, Noble Sandwich Co
James Robert
Executive Chef & Co-Owner, Fixe Austin and Fixe Ft. Worth
Jeff Brown
Executive Chef, Old Thousand
Geronimo Lopez
Chef & Owner, BOTIKA
Chris Monroe
Executive Chef, Unit-D Pizzeria
Eric Silverstein
Executive Chef & Owner, The Peached Tortilla
Clinton Kendall
Chef & Director of Operations, East Side King
Louis Ciola
Executive Chef, Salt & Time
Charles Schlienger
Group Executive Chef, Sway
Miguel Vidal
Owner & Pitmaster, Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ
Brian Moses
Executive Chef, Olive & June
Anthony Sobotik
Co-Owner & Ice Cream Maker, Lick Honest Ice Creams
Evan LeRoy
Chef & Pitmaster, LeRoy and Lewis
Taylor Chambers
Executive Chef, Justine's Brasserie
Sarah Heard + Nathan Lemley
Co-Executive Chefs & Co-Owners, Foreign & Domestic Austin
Jeff Balfour
Chef & Owner, Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
Kevin Williamson
Chef & Owner Ranch 616
Daniel Olivella
Chef & Owner, Barlata Tapas Bar
Josh Neises
Chef de Cuisine, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
Jason Stude
Regional Executive Chef of Boiler Nine Bar + Grill
James Cole
Chef De Cuisine, Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile
John and Kendall Antonelli
Co-Owners, Antonelli's Cheese Shop