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Chefs AXT 2015

Gregory Gourdet

Portland, OR & Denver, CO

Gregory Gourdet is the culinary mastermind behind Departure restaurants in Portland, OR and Denver, CO, where he pairs local bounty with the bold flavors and traditions of Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea to create modern Asian fare. A Queens native who honed his culinary skills within celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant dynasty, the foundation of his cooking is based on technique-driven preparations layered with flavor complexity. A self-proclaimed health freak and avid runner, Gourdet views food as nourishment. His mindful life approach shines through in his cooking, as he offers diners dishes that allow freshness, seasonality, and bold, alternative ingredients to star on the plate.
Since 2010, he has been running Departure Portland, the Nines Hotel's modern Asian rooftop restaurant. He quickly gained praise for his innovative dishes that combine local ingredients of the Pacific Northwest with meaningful preparations. In 2013, Gourdet was named Chef of the Year by the Oregon Department of Agriculture; he was dubbed Eater Portland’s Chef of the Year in 2014. In 2015, Gourdet was named a semifinalist by the James Beard Foundation for Best Chef: Northwest. He was also runner-up in Bravo’s Top Chef Season 12. Gourdet has played an integral role in Portland’s culinary boom over the past decade. He opened the second location of Departure in Denver, summer of 2016. He currently resides in Portland but splits his time between the two cities.

Matt Casino

Restaurant North & Market North
Armonk, NY

Matt Casino, the executive chef of Restaurant & Market North began working in restaurants at the age of 14, and from there spent time in some of the finest kitchens in American. Time spent at Philadelphia’s famed Le Be-Fin, under the tutelage of legendary Georges Perrier, provided Matt a firm rooting in classical French technique that still informs his cooking today. Working with Jose Garces at his eponymous restaurant Amada, Matt’s eyes widened to the flavors of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco—influences that he continually references in his cooking at North, always in a thoroughly American context. While at Eleven Madison Park, Matt spent time honing his skills on the intricacies of multicourse meals and the dynamic character of one of the world’s best restaurants. Under Certified Master Chef Ed Leonard Matt began to develop his craft at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, finding great teachings in the restaurants exacting standards and dizzying pace.
Matt began his time at Restaurant North in the spring of 2012 showing great promise, and quickly rose to the position of sous chef, and ultimately chef de cuisine, alongside four-times James Beard Award nominated Chef Eric Gabrynowicz. Matt worked closely besides Eric, creating many of the dishes for which the restaurant has become known, all the while carving out a unique place for himself within the dining landscape of the Hudson Valley. Matt assumed the position of Executive Chef in the Summer of 2016, aged only 26.

Doug Psaltis

RPM Steak, RPM Italian
Chicago, IL

Chef Doug Psaltis has worked in some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens with the industry’s most lauded chefs, having earned three stars from The New York Times and a Michelin star while running the kitchen at Country restaurant in New York City. Today, he is part of the nationally renowned Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) and serves as chef / partner of some of the company’s newest ventures—RPM Italian and RPM Steak—in conjunction with celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic and R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman. He has also partnered with the Melman siblings to open some of Chicago’s most sought-after restaurants including BBQ and country music spot, Bub City; the tiki-inspired underground lounge, Three Dots and a Dash; lively neighborhood noodle shop, Ramen-san; joint restaurant and music-and-events space, Bub City & Joe’s Live, in Rosemont, Illinois; and the most recent expansion of RPM Italian to Washington, D.C. Psaltis and his partners also host each summer the Midwest’s premier country music, BBQ and craft beer festival, Windy City Smokeout. The team has several upcoming projects in the works, including a new venture in downtown Chicago set for 2017.

Kristen Essig & Michael Stoltzfus

New Orleans, LA

Kristen & Michael are co-chefs and owners of Coquette. Coquette, a restaurant located in New Orleans Garden District, was opened by Michael in 2008 and Kristen joined the team in 2016. The Garden District building was built in the late 1880’s and has been among other things a residence, grocery store & auto parts store. Dining rooms on two floors and a 12 seat bar, Coquette offers innovative southern cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced product. Featuring an accessible international (and largely natrual) wine list, classic and creative New Orleans cocktails and a well-traveled beer list. Kristen & Michael consider themselves lucky to work with small farms across the south as well as one of three restaurants that sponsors Paradigm Gardens, a urban farm in New Orleans Central City. Coquette is considered one of the "Top Ten Restaurants" in New Orleans by the Times Picayune (2017). Kristen has been named a James Bird Semifinalist for Best Chef in the South (2017), one of Coastal Living Magazines “5 Coastal Chefs to Watch” (2015), nominated as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “The People’s Best New Chef” (2015), and one of Times Picayunes Chefs to Watch (2014). Michael has been named a Star Chef’s “Rising Star", Chef of the Year by New Orleans Magazine (2013) and a James Bird Semifinalist for Best Chef in the South (2013-2017).

Min Kong

Little Park
New York, NY

With a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies & English Literature from Washington University and no prior cooking experience Min joined Chef Floyd Cardoz’s ranks at Tabla Restaurant, working all stations and eventually rising to tournant. Two years later, she joined Chef Carmellini at A Voce in Madison Square Park and went on to become a member of the opening team at his beloved Italian taverna, Locanda Verde, as sous chef. In 2011 Kong joined Chef Daniel Humm’s team at The NoMad where she served on the culinary team of both the Michelin-starred restaurant and the adjoining 168-room hotel. Kong later served as Executive Sous Chef at Carbone. She now heads the kitchen at seasonal, vegetable driven Little Park, as Chef de Cuisine.

Patrick Feges

Southern Goods
Houston, TX

An Army vet with a Purple Heart, Feges has built one of the most prestigious résumés in Houston. He has worked for Brennan's of Houston, Underbelly, and Killen's Barbecue. He continues to do pop-ups as Feges BBQ and is currently the sous chef at Southern Goods, where he is contributing smoked dishes to the menu of comfort-food classics. He is an Eater National Young Gun Semi-Finalist as well as a Culture Map Rising Star Chef winner.

Andrew Wooton

New York, NY

Andy Wooton is a Sous Chef at Rebelle in NYC. Andy has cooked in kitchens all over the US including Texas, Colorado, California, and New York. Through his travels he has picked up many trade skills and secrets, and loves to share them. He enjoys hanging out with his dog in his free time and watching both kinds of football.

Gunnar Gíslason

Agern Restaurant
New York, NY

Icelandic born Gunnar Gíslason has garnered international acclaim for his creative style of cooking, his curious nature, a love for reviving traditions, and an eye for finding pristine products that have been applauded by guests and media alike.
In 2009, in the midst of the worldwide financial crisis, he opened the restaurant Dill in Reykjavík. His contemporary cooking would celebrate Iceland’s pristine ingredients and artisanal producers, in a place otherwise heavily dependent on food imports. Dill has been nominated for the Nordic Prize and has won Iceland’s “Restaurant of the Year” every year since it opened.
In 2016, Gíslason moved his family to New York City to open Agern Restaurant in Grand Central Terminal. Agern opened in April and was shortly thereafter awarded three stars by the New York Times and a Michelin star. Later that same year, Dill was awarded one Michelin star - the first Michelin star in Iceland.

Cable Smith

The Royal
Washington, D.C.

At age 26, Cable left his engineering job to attend culinary school in Austin, Texas. After culinary school, he packed up to travel and learn from some of the country's best chefs including Richard Blais (Juniper & Ivy), Ryan Smith & Hugh Acheson (Empire State South, Staplehouse), and Ned Elliot (Foreign & Domestic). Since moving to Washington D.C. in 2016, Cable is the Executive Chef of the Michelin Bib Gourmand winning restaurant, The Royal.

Ferrell Alvarez

Rooster and the Till
Tampa, FL

After starting as a dishwasher at the young age of 15, working as a eager prep cook throughout high school and eventually attending and graduating from Cincinnati Culinary Arts Academy in 1998, Chef Ferrell Alvarez made his way back to Tampa, Florida to further his professional career. There, he began as a line cook at Saddlebrook Resort and eventually finished out his four and a half year tenure as Sous Chef Tournant. He would then earn a position at the Tampa landmark, Mise en Place. There, he was able to work with Chef Marty Blitz and transition from lead cook to Sous Chef and ultimately being named as Chef Blitz’s Chef De Cuisine. Seven years later, Ferrell would take over at Cafe Dufrain as Executive Chef and turn it into a groundbreaking sustainable restaurant. In December of 2013, Chef Alvarez opened his own restaurant, Rooster and the Till with long time friend and business partner, Ty Rodriguez. R&tT is a 70 seat Modern American restaurant focusing on the best ingredients from nearby farms and gardens and preparing them with integrity, proper technique and lots of love. Just in first 10 months of being open, Rooster & the Till had earned both Best New Restaurant and Best Chef from Creative Loafing and Best New Restaurant from Florida Trend Magazine. Since, Chef has received a 2017 James Beard Best Chef South nomination, hosted guest chefs like Lincoln Carson to Eduardo Jordan and all the while building a second concept, Nebraska Mini Mart.

Daniel Eddy

New York, NY

Daniel Eddy, a native New Yorker, began his culinary career in 2004. After four years of cooking in NYC, Daniel decided to travel, ultimately landing in Paris in 2009. There he had a chance to work with Daniel Rose at his acclaimed restaurant, Spring. Soon after, Chef Rose offered Daniel a post in the opening of his new restaurant. In May 2010, he returned to Paris, and after a year and a half, Chef Rose promoted Daniel to Sous Chef de Cuisine. After three years at Spring, Daniel returned home to NYC, and in April of 2015 he opened Rebelle restaurant, receiving critical acclaim and a Michelin star in its first year. Daniel resides in Brooklyn.

Matthew Conroy

Virginia's NYC
New York, NY

Matt Conroy is the Chef at Virginia’s, a modern American bistro in NYC’s East Village featuring a seasonally focused, market­driven menu and esoteric wine list. Conroy’s culinary awakening came early in life. By the age of 15 he spent most of his free time in kitchens of local restaurants in his hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts. During these formative years he worked tirelessly in numerous kitchens while collecting cookbooks and studying all he could about the craft of cooking. At 22, Conroy became Sous Chef at Verde restaurant in Stratton, Vermont. There, while working under Chef Rogan Lechthaler, he gained his passion for using local produce and whole animals. After a three year stint in Vermont, Conroy was ready for his next challenge: a position in Boston at the critically acclaimed restaurant Craigie on Main, led by award­winning Chef Tony Maws. To take the next major step in his culinary career, Conroy then moved to NYC to join Chef Alex Stupak at the Empellon Cocina, taking a position as Sous Chef. Stupak has called Conroy one of the best up­and­coming young chefs to watch in NYC. Conroy was next able to pursue his passion for French cuisine as Chef of Little Prince in Manhattan, putting modern and classic techniques into practice on a daily basis. Now, as the Chef of Virginia’s, one of the East Village’s neighborhood gems, Conroy constantly updates the thoughtful, concise menu based on the seasonal markets that are so vital to NYC restaurants.

Yoni Levy

San Francisco, CA

Yoni Levy grew up in California and began his culinary career in the Bay Area working at One Market and The Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur. Levy’s next stop was Boston to help open the Great Bay restaurant, He then moved to Chicago to work at Blackbird, Lula Café, The Bristol, and Old Town Social. Each chef Levy worked with instilled in him a deeper appreciation for building strong relationships with local farmers, ranchers, seafood suppliers, and the local community. Yoni was Chef de Cuisine at Flora restaurant in Oakland before opening Daniel Patterson’s Alta CA as Head Chef. Levy is currently the Executive Chef at Outerlands in San Francisco where he highlights local produce, seafood, and meat. Yoni’s goal at Outerlands is to run an honest, community based kitchen.

Brittanny Anderson

Metzger Bar and Butchery
Richmond, VA

Brittanny Anderson is the James Beard nominated chef of Metzger Bar and Butchery and the upcoming Brenner Pass. After five years cooking in New York, she returned to her hometown of Richmond, VA and opened Metzger in 2014, where she cooks modern German and Alpine cuisine influenced by the local produce of Virginia.

Emily Chapman

Pasquale Jones
New York, NY

Emily is a former sous at Louro in NYC now helping to run the wood burning oven beauty that is Pasquale Jones. After training with Floyd Cardoz, David Santos, and Timothy Caspare, Emily's cooking style embraces a lot of vegetables, fun flavors and combinations, with a strong focus to detail. Her love for pasta work has become a huge part of her culinary career. Loves: hiking outside, hot and sour soup, comic books. Hates: raw carrots, hot dogs, peeling stuff over a garbage can.

Alex Telinde

Free Agent
New York, NA

Alex has always loved cooking since he was young and it has always brought him comfort. As soon as he was old enough to get a job, he found one in the kitchen at a popular Virginia Beach restaurant. He was so sure about a career in the culinary world that he enrolled in a program at school that allowed him to spend half of his day cooking.

He searched out cooking competitions in Virginia while in High School, and competed in all of them; one of which rewarded him a full scholarship to the CIA in Hyde Park. He also racked up several titles in other compeititions and then competed nationally for SkillsUSA. After 2 years working in Virginia Beach, he relocated to Austin, TX where he worked at Foreign & Domestic for a few months before taking off to NYC to start his education at the CIA. Post-associates, Alex spent 6 months at SQPR in San Francisco, and then returned to NYC where he took part in numerous trails and stages all over the city. His latest stint has been in Boston at L’Espalier during a short, two month break from school. He officially graduates in April and will start a career either in Tarrytown or Hudson, New York.

Cara Stadler

Tao Yuan / Bao Bao Dumpling House
Brunswick & Portland, ME

Cara Stadler is a four time nominated James Beard Rising Star Chef and Food and Wine Best New Chef 2014. She trained internationally under Guy Savoy and Gordon Ramsay then traveled and worked in China and Singapore for four years. Her food is a culmination of her travels, heavily influenced by Asian flavors, French technique, and Maine's local produce.
Photo by Ted Axelrod

Jason Neroni

Venice, CA

Jason is a Chef Partner in the Rose Cafe in Venice. He has spent time as Executive Chef at Superba Food & Bread and before that was in NYC where he received a 3 star review from the NY Times at 10 Downing Food & Wine.


Ryan Santos

Cincinnati, OH

Ryan is the chef owner of Please Restaurant in Cincinnati. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Santos originally set out to be a graphic designer. But after moving back home to Cleveland after school and taking a job under Chef Nolan Konkoski at the French-inspired Tartine Bistro, Santos says he found a passion and wanted to do and learn “anything and everything” in the kitchen. After two years at Tartine, he moved to Salt of the Earth in Pittsburgh, working under Chef Kevin Sousa, then traveled from L.A. to Virginia, working under various chefs he admired. After tiring of the nomadic lifestyle, he stopped in Cincinnati for a summer to try his hand at pop-up dinners under the Please moniker.

Apple and P.J. Stoops

Sap Sap Pop Up
Houston, TX

Apple and PJ met in Chiang Mai, Thailand thirteen years ago. They have been eating and cooking together ever since and they most recently operated Foreign Correspondents which was included as a Bon Appetit Best New Restaurant recipient. RIP Foreign Correspondents. Apple is the brains; PJ likes to talk about fish.

Page Pressley

Emmer & Rye
Austin, TX

Growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Page Pressley was drawn into the kitchen at a young age as his Italian godmother prepared robust dishes with fresh, quality ingredients. After working as a line cook in Santa Fe, Pressley was inspired to pursue a more formal education at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

Upon graduating and returning to the southwest, Pressley managed kitchens at several highly acclaimed fine-dining establishments, including the praised Trattoria Nostrani in Santa Fe and The Bellagio’s Le Cirque in Las Vegas.

Pressley made the move to Texas in 2011 to join the Uchi team as sous chef, working alongside Chef de Cuisine Kaz Edwards as an essential member of the Uchi Houston opening team. After two years of crafting menus and developing Uchi Houston, he moved to Austin to take the position of chef de cuisine at Uchiko. Pressley left briefly in 2014 to become the corporate executive chef at Starr Restaurants in Philadelphia, where he oversaw forty restaurants. He returned to Austin when he was asked to run the team at St. Philip as executive chef.

Pressley brings his talent, vision, creativity, and work ethic with him as chef de cuisine at Emmer & Rye, which opened in November 2015 on Rainey Street. Helmed by Executive Chef Kevin Fink, one of Food & Wine’s 2016 “Best New Chefs,” Emmer & Rye brought a unique dining experience to Austin, as the restaurant is the city’s first to offer contemporary American seasonal small plates passed on circulating carts as part of their meal. The restaurant has been included in Bon Appétit’s “America’s Best New Restaurants 2016” list as well as Texas Monthly’s 2016 “Where To Eat Now” list.

Christine Rivera

Galaxy Taco
La Jolla, CA

Born and raised in San Diego, California. Chef Christine Rivera has always had a love for Mexican Food and Culture, which is where she draws her inspiration for her cooking. Her restaurant career began as a dishwasher at a local seafood restaurant by her parent’s house. Today she is the Chef de Cuisine at Partner/Executive Chef Trey Foshee’s Galaxy Taco, a causal Mexican eatery recently opened in La Jolla Shores.

While in culinary school Christine gained experience by working at various kitchens throughout San Diego including Kensington Grill, Premiere Foods and the Ocean Terrace/California Modern at George's at the Cove. She has also staged in varies national acclaimed kitchens such as Taco Maria in Orange County and Cosme in New York City. In 2016, Christine was awarded one of Eater Young Gun 2016, for her tortilla/masa program she has built at Galaxy Taco. Here is where she is able to apply her craft to make the perfect tortilla from heirloom blue corn from Mexico.

Jason Neroni

The Rose
Venice, CA

Chef at The Rose in Venice, CA. Opened B-side Pizzeria in NYC. Previously at Superba Snack Bar, Chez Panisse, Spago, Le Cirque 2000, Tabla, Essex House. Eater LA's 2012 Chef of the Year, dad, husband, pizza lover & star wars freak.

Julia Doran

Houston, TX

Julia is the Pastry Chef and Sous at Bernadine's in Houston. She previously worked at Magnolia Bakery, Craft, Fat Cat Creamery, and the Pass & Provisions. When not working she enjoys petting her dog, eating in Chinatown with her husband Adam, and enjoying the amazing museums in Houston.

Sterling Ridings

Austin, TX

Born and raised Austinite. Cooking for twelve years. French trained (owing no small part to Ned) also trained in Japanese. Father of two little boys, husband to a babe. I really like tacos, egg rolls and Lyonnaise salads. Head Chef of Guild, a new restaurant coming to Austin in 2017. Before Guild, Sterling formerly worked at Foreign & Domestic and Uchiko, as Executive Chef.

Amanda Rockman

Café No Se
Austin, TX

Amanda Rockman’s interest in the culinary field began at an early age. Growing up in Katy, Texas, she was inspired by the dinner parties her mom would throw for friends. Rockman remembers seeing her mom dust the outline of the Kremlin on a chocolate sachertorte, thinking it was the coolest thing she’d seen. Her mom’s passion for food sparked the same interest in her.

Rockman went on to attend The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where she received her A.O.S. in Baking and Pastry Arts and completed an internship under Emily Luchetti at Farallon in San Francisco. Her career then took her to Chicago, where she worked at the acclaimed TRU, Spring, three Michelin-starred L.2o, and The Peninsula Hotel. Rockman also opened The Bristol, Balena and Thompson Hotel’s Nico Osteria as Executive Pastry Chef.

Having previously worked in Austin as Executive Pastry Chef at Fino and Asti, Rockman returned to Texas in 2015 as Executive Pastry Chef at South Congress Hotel. There, she oversees the pastry and bakery programs for in-room dining, banquets, and the hotel’s four food & beverage outlets: Café No Sé, Central Standard, Mañana Coffee & Juice, and the Stephen F. Frostin’ ice cream truck.

Rockman was named a James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalist in 2015, received the Jean Banchet Pastry Chef of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012, and was named Chicago Tribune’s Pastry Chef of the Year in 2012. She has appeared on Top Chef Just Desserts, Hungry Hound, The Better Show, and Windy City Live. She currently writes her own pastry blog, Pastrylandia.

Tim Archuleta

ICHI Sushi
San Francisco, CA

Chef/Owner of ICHI Sushi in San Francisco. Tim is an 18-year veteran sushi chef, uses traditional Japanese ingredients and ethics with a sustainable approach. ICHI was named a SF Chronicle Top 100 Restaurant 2014.

Carlos Salgado

Taco Maria
La Jolla, CA

Host of Indie Chefs Week SoCal and Executive Chef/Owner of Taco Maria in Costa Mesa, CA. Previously at Winterland, Coi, Commis. Mixes traditional and modern Mexican flavors, techniques, and ingredients in prix-fixe meals.

Adam Puskorius

Fixe Restaurant
Austin, TX

After various front and back of house positions just out of high school and in college, Adam started his culinary journey under the tutelage of Emmett and Lisa Fox at Asti Trattoria. From there, Adam was the CDC at Mark's and Polo's in Houston before taking over as a Chef Partner with Eddie V's where he opened their locations as Executive Chef In Houston, Tampa, Orlando, Virginia, and Chicago. He spent three years at their Chicago location before moving home to open his own Stoked Tacos and Tequila in Houston. He is now Executive Chef of Fixe in downtown Austin.

Misti Norris

Petra and the Beast
Dallas, TX

Misti Norris is a North Carolina native and was raised in Houston and Dallas. She is now the chef and creator of Petra and the Beast, a series of pop up dinners with a focus on the use of farms, foraging, fermentation and fire. Mist is the former Executive Chef at Small Brewpub and was a Sous Chef at FT33.

Aron Habiger

Orange Co, CA

Chef Aron hails from the Pacific Northwest and made a name for himself in Orange County at such restaurants as The Crosby and The North Left before landing a coveted gig as Chef de Cuisine at Petit Trois under Chef Ludo Lefebvre. Now, he's getting back to his roots by creating a series of pop up dinners titled: on the lam.


Jose Salazar

Salazar / Mita's
Cincinnati, OH

Chef Jose Salazar was born in Colombia, South America and raised in Queens, NY. Jose got his start as a bartender and waiter at some of New York’s hottest establishments—among them, Donatella Arpia’s Bellini. However, it was the kitchen that eventually caught his eye. Upon graduating from the New York Restaurant School in 2001, he interned with famed Chef Jean George Vongerichten at his namesake restaurant: Jean George. After, he worked with some of New York’s most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs—Geoffrey Zacharian of Town; Josh De’ Chellis of Sumile, Eric and Bruce Bromberg of Blue Ribbon. However, it was Chef Thomas Keller who made the most palpable impression on Jose’s cooking philosophies. In 2003, he opened Chef Keller’s acclaimed Per Se restaurant as chef de partie. Then in 2006, he opened Chef Keller’s Bouchon Bakery, where he rose to the position of Executive Sous Chef.

In 2008, Jose took his talent to Cincinnati, Ohio to be the Executive Chef of The historical Cincinnatian Hotel and Palace restaurant. It was here Jose honed his style of cooking, incorporating ingredients and techniques of the Americas, Europe, and Japan. Since his arrival to the Queen City, Jose’s garnered national attention: in 2011 Food & Wine magazine awarded him People’s Choice “Best New Chef.”

In December 2013, Jose and his wife Ann opened Salazar, their much anticipated restaurant in Over the Rhine. Salazar was an instant hit. The little forty-five-seater modern bistro is always packed, and despite being just four years old, is recognized as one of the best restaurants in the city. Jose and Ann then opened Mita’s in August 2015, located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. In just a year-and-a-half Mita’s—which focusus on the cuisine of Spain and Latin America—has already set itself apart receiving praise from countless publications, both locally and nationally.

Chef Salazar is a 2016 and 2017 James Beard Nominee for “Best Chef Great Lakes.”

Adam Brick

Austin, TX

Adam Brick is the chef of Apis restaurant and Pizzeria Sorellina in Spicewood Texas. A veteran of some of NYC's most legendary kitchens, Brick is the motor that drives Apis to continue to evolve its vertically integrated farm and ranch programs.

Kristine Kittrell

Weather Up
Austin, TX

Kristine Kittrell was a traveler before she was a cook. Originally from Canada, she migrated to the Caribbean after college and discovered ceviche, jerk pork, and fried plantains (among other un-Canadian cuisines). After two years, she left to visit parts of the Mediterranean, Mexico, and South Asia, digesting the culinary culture at every stop. When she landed in Austin in 1997, Kristine began working at Jeffrey's Restaurant. Kristine left Jeffrey's in 2003 to found El Chile Cafe y Cantina. Two years later, she helped open that restaurant's "little brother," El Chilito.

After five years with El Chile, Kristine left to further her culinary studies. She staged in Barcelona, working at Michelin starred Comerc 24 and Cinc Sentits, and spent a summer studying pastry in Vancouver, B.C. After two years as executive chef at Mulberry, a downtown wine bar, she moved to Weather Up where she became the Executive Chef of an amazing little kitchen under the stairs. While the kitchen still thrives under her leadership, Kristine has broadened her scope of work at Weather Up Austin, where she is now the managing partner. She plays a key role in syrup and cocktail development, curates and coordinates events such as the annual Billy Reid shindig during SXSW, and polishes a lot of glassware. Weather Up is more than a job for Kristine; it is a family affair.

Nicholas Wilkins

Porta Restaurant Group
Asbury Park & Jersey City, NJ

Born and raised on the south west coast of England. Nicholas draws on his heritage, history and world cuisines, to put his own spin on dishes. Blending classical techniques with a modern approach and seasonal ingredients. Previously at Gees Restaurant Oxford, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, Restaurant Nicholas. Currently with Porta restaurant group.

Jonathan Peters

Clark's Oyster Bar
Austin, TX

(The person, not the horse.) A Texas native, Jonathan moved to Chicago in 2003 after the dotcom bubble burst, and started flipping burgers in a late-night bar for fun. After attending culinary school in London, he moved to Los Angeles in 2005, then returned to Texas in 2013 to be able to spend more time with family and listen to more country music. After helping open Rapscallion in Dallas 2 years ago, he returned to Austin and is now Chef de Cuisine at Clark's Oyster Bar.

Joel Orsini

Dallas, TX

From a young age, Chef Joel Orsini’s life has been centered around the kitchen. With a pair of skilled home cooks for parents and a family bond forged at the table, he learned to love food early on and dreamed of a career as a chef since age 12. This goal drove him to the Culinary Institute of America and positions in kitchens throughout New York City, gaining expertise that he would eventually bring him back to his home state of Texas.

During his time in New York, Joel served as Sous Chef at Beacon Restaurant, where he trained under Chef Waldy Malouf and gained an intimate knowledge of open-fire cooking, which he considers now a foundation of his culinary style. He then joined the team at Jean-Georges, where he helped maintain the restaurant’s three-Michelin star record. Returning to Texas, he played an integral part in some of Austin’s most respected kitchens, including Uchiko and Foreign & Domestic. His curiosity of the state’s food culture brought him to Dallas. Now Sous Chef at FT33, he maintains the simple and passionate approach to food that he cultivated at the family table. His focus is on suffusing dishes with the careful attention and love that truly create a memorable meal. His goal is for guests to experience “a feeling of comfort like walking into the home of a close friend.” Joel has made contributions to the opening of our sister restaurant, Filament and we are now excited to have his experience in the FT33 kitchen.

Trevor Kunk

The Breslin
New York, NY

Chef Trevor Kunk joined the Breslin team as Executive Chef after spending two years in Napa Valley as the Culinary Director for Press Restaurant and the Oakville Grocery. Trevor is excited to be coming home to New York City where he formerly served as Chef de Cuisine under Dan Barber's Blue Hill New York.

Scott Vivian

Beast Restaurant
Toronto, ON

In June of 2010 Scott was able to fulfil his dream of owning a restaurant by taking over the culinarily historical space on 96 Tecumseth Street. His passion of supporting local artisans is the number one philosophy at Beast Restaurant. With a weekly changing menu, Scott allows seasonal produce and top quality Ontario ingredients to become the focal point of the gastronomic experience that is offered.

Justin Carlisle

Milwaukee, WI

Chef/Owner of Ardent in Milwaukee, WI. Has cooked at The Greenbrier Resort, Tru, Harvest Restaurant, Restaurant Muramoto, 43 North. Was nominated for James Beard Best Chef Midwest, uses a modern technical approach to support the local food movement.


Eric Gabrynowicz

Armonk, NY

Executive Chef/Partner at Restaurant North in Armonk, NY. CIA Grad, cooked at Union Square Café. Focuses on refined farm-to-table New American fare. Named Zagat Top Newcomer, nominated for James Beard Rising Chef & Best Chef Northeast, & named Food & Wine Magazine’s People’s Best New Chef NY 2012.


Aaron Hoskins

Birds and Bubbles
New York and Columbia, SC

Chef Aaron Hoskins started his culinary career after relocating to Richmond, VA in mid-2008. Soon after began working his way through some of the city’s best restaurants, including Comfort, Secco Wine Bar, and The Rogue Gentlemen. Here, he accumulated numerous local and national mentions and accolades, including a glowing 4/4 star review from the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Known for modern yet simplistic food, Aaron found his way into the growing conversation of Richmond as one of America’s next great food cities. Commanding a small 2-person team at The Rogue Gentlemen, Aaron brought dynamic, seasonal food and tasting menus that The Washingtonian Dining Editor Todd Kliman found to be “unimprovable” and “composed, beautiful, and exacting.” Further, Richmond Magazine proclaimed the food was equal to that of “any first-rate food Mecca on the map” and The Local Palate stated that “this fellow will wow you.” After leaving The Rogue Gentlemen Aaron moved on to be Chef de Cuisine of 2012 Food & Wine Best New Restaurant, Cure, in Pittsburgh, PA. In September 2015, Aaron relocated to New York City to work with Chef Sarah Simmons and City Grit Hospitality Group on current and future projects in Columbia, SC and elsewhere.

Aron Habinger

On the Lam

Chef Aron hails from the Pacific Northwest and made a name for himself in Orange County at such restaurants as The Crosby and The North Left before landing a coveted gig as Chef de Cuisine at Petit Trois under Chef Ludo Lefebvre. Now, he's getting back to his roots by creating a series of pop up dinners titled: on the lam. A nomadic dining experience that seeks to capture the landscape of the pacific northwest through dishes that are deliciously designed, earthy and mystical. He chars, roasts and smokes a lot of his ingredients to capture that feeling of being on a campsite by the lake in his home state of Washington.

James Mark

Providence, RI

Cook/owner/dishwasher/garbageman/electrician/plumber/demolition man of north and north bakery in Providence, RI. Helped open Momofuku Ko and Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC. Cooks nontraditional American food, the occasional loaf of bread, but mostly just spins in circles.


Matthew Gaudet

Superfine Food / Kitchen & Cocktails
Manchester by the Sea & Cambridge, MA

In the spring of 2012, Gaudet opened West Bridge with partner Alexis Gelburd-Kimler where he showcased his talents for French cuisine, while continuing the tradition of utilizing local products and a refined, contemporary style. In it’s first year West Bridge and Chef Gaudet received many accolades. After receiving an amazing 3 ½ out of 4 star review from the Boston Globe the national press caught on. GQ’s Alan Richman named them one of the 12 Best New Restaurants, Bon Appetit added West Bridge to their Top 50 New Restaurants of 2013 and Food & Wine Magazine named Matthew as one of their Best New Chefs 2013. After almost four years, the partners then sold West Bridge to pursue new adventures in new parts of the world. In 2016, Matthew created Superfine with his two partners, a product driven, fast casual concept on the North Shore of Massachusetts in the coastal towns of Manchester-by-the-Sea as well a second on the way in Marblehead. With a small menu of local and simply prepared foods for people all ages, Superfine will be a household name. The multi unit restaurant will feature pizzas, ribs, burgers, seafood and lots and lots of vegetables. In 2017 he will open Kitchen & Cocktails at the Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.

Ian Boden

The Shack
Staunton, VA

Chef/Owner of The Shack in Staunton, VA. Previously at The Staunton Grocery and Glass Haus Kitchen. Nominated for James Beard Awards’ Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, and the Shack was named one of the Best New Restaurants in the South by Southern Living Magazine. Neither a Yank nor a southern gent, cooking in a town you've never heard of with some Jewish soul.

David Santos

Good Stock
New York, NY

Chef David Santos brings a wealth of culinary knowledge to Good Stock. The son of Portuguese immigrants, he was immersed in food, cooking, and the act of sharing meals with friends and family from a young age. After graduating from Johnson & Wales, Dave honed his craft at some of the best restaurants in New York City, including Bouley & Per Se. He then launched Um Segredo, an ever-changing supper club hosted in his apartment, and developed a cult following of supporters. He then opened his own restaurant, Louro, to critical acclaim in 2012. After being recruited by Ben, Dave decided to join Good Stock, bringing his creative ideas and rigorous fine-dining techniques to the world of soup.

Rich Parente

Clock Tower Grill
Brewster, NY

Chef/Co-Owner with his wife Cassie of Clock Tower Grill, in Brewster, NY. Focuses on local, sustainable ingredients and having fun. Clock Tower Grill was just named named one of the best new restaurants in the Hudson Valley.

Brett Cooper

San Francisco, CA

Brett is the Chef/Owner of Michelin starred Aster in SF; cooking simple food with unique perspective and fresh local ingredients. Previously at Rubicon, Coi, Saison, Outerlands.

Kendall Melton

Contigo and Chicon
Austin, TX

Kendall was on the opening team of Contigo Austin as their pastry chef in 2011 and endowed the position with joy, passion, and lots of love for three years. After some time away at Odd Duck and opening Al Fico, she has returned home to the family of Chicon, Contigo, and Contigo Catering. Kendall enjoys hiking, reading scientific books about animals, and looking after her three very well-fed rescue cats. She also sojourns frequently to Paris, where she stages at local boulangeries and patisseries. And to eat the bread & cheese.

Justin Severino

Pittsburgh, PA

Executive Chef/Owner of Cure in Pittsburgh, PA. Previously at Bernardus Lodge, Bouche, L’Auberge Carmel, Manresa. Butcher dedicated to supporting ethical farming practices, humane animal husbandry, sustainability, traditional cooking techniques.


Indie Chefs Table
Each month we’re inviting nationally recognized chefs to collaborate with us at Foreign & Domestic.


For one night only, the visiting chef will have a 45-minute talk/Q&A with guests, then will work with F&D chefs to create an amazing 7-course meal. Three of the courses will come directly from the visiting chef, and the other four will be created by the chef and F&D.

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