Catch up with the Chefs

Many of the AFWF Chefs have been busy since April. From new restaurant openings to well-deserved accolades, these chefs are continuing to invent, collaborate and cook! Here is a look at some of the most newsworthy events…
Graham Elliot

Courtesy of Chicago Tribune | Chris Walker
Graham Elliot Bistro celebrated a birthday last month. Graham Elliot talked with Eater Chicago about the first year celebration of his restaurant and the logistics and identity of this latest endeavor.
[Chicago Eater]
Chris Shepherd

AFWF’s very own Chris Shepherd is being honored in FOOD & WINE Magazine’s “Best New Chefs” 2013 issue. Congratulations Chris!
Andrew Zimmern

Courtesy of @AZCanteen

Andrew Zimmern has set up his latest AZ Canteen food truck in Minnesota. This sustainable and global-minded truck brings flavors from all over the world to a tiny trailer kitchen. Lets hope the next place they park is in Austin!
Jeff Martinez
Courtesy of Zagat Austin

Out with the old, in with the new. El Chile has joined the blossoming restaurant row on Austin’s South First Street. In a press release last month, chef Jeff Martinez said, “a new location, new dishes and a new kitchen space are all great twists to any restaurant that has been around for a while.” The space has a refreshed look by Joel Mozersky, the designer behind Uchi, Highball, Malverde and La Condesa.
[Austin Eater]
Paul Qui
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A better question is, what has Paul Qui not been doing? In addition to opening Qui, a new restaurant in Austin, Paul Qui’s food truck East Side King earned national recognition by being dubbed #6 on The Daily Meal’s 2013 list of 101 Best Food Trucks in America. And, to top it all off, Paul just won the Young Chef of the Year 2013 award at the 13th Annual S. Pellegrino Cooking Cup in Venice, Italy.
[The Daily Meal]
Brian Malarkey

Courtesy of Searsucker

Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey opened an Austin outpost of his popular Searsucker concept in late May. If you’re in the Austin area, be sure to check out this new spot!