Checking In with the 2014 Chefs

From new restaurants to reality shows and food trailers, check out how chefs from this year’s Festival have been staying busy this summer!

Tim Love

Chef Tim Love announced earlier this week that he will be bringing his unique flair to Austin with a second Texas location of his Lonesome Dove Western Bistro (the first is in Fort Worth). The new location will take the place of the recently shuttered Kenichi sushi restaurant at 419 Colorado St. in downtown Austin.

Also, don’t forget to tune in to CNBC on Tuesday nights to catch Chef Love on the latest episode of Restaurant Startup!

Philip Speer
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Philip Speer, Director of Culinary Operations at Uchi/Uchiko, is ready to helm the hotly anticipated St. Philip restaurant. The community-minded spot will focus on sandwiches, breads, pastries and pizzas. As he told Eater earlier this year, “We’re not trying to duplicate a style, we just want to do something really delicious using pizza dough as a canvas.” Watch the St. Philip Facebook page and our #FridayFeast Instagram feature for news of the opening!

Andrew Wiseheart
Image courtesy Austin Way

In case you missed their announcement earlier this year, Andrew Wiseheart and Ben Edgerton (of Contigo) continue to tease hungry Austinites with the arrival of Gardner, their new “vegetable-focused” concept in East Austin. The new restaurant will bring a healthy focus to local produce and will cater to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike! Opening this fall – watch the Gardner Instagram for details.

Erica Waksmunski
Image via Austin Chronicle

Did you know that Erika Waksmunski, the former Pastry Chef at Congress and Second Bar + Kitchen, recently embarked on her own food trailer adventure with the recent opening of Red Star Southern? Boasting “southern comfort food,” the trailer resides outside The Grackle and the menu features classics like fried chicken and biscuits as well as a few inventive vegetable dishes as well.