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2019 Talent

Andrew Zimmern
TV Personality and Chef & Owner, Lucky Cricket
Nancy Silverton
Chef & Co-Owner, Mozza Restaurant Group
Aarón Sánchez
Chef & Owner, Johnny Sánchez
Antonia Lofaso
Executive Chef & Restaurateur, DAMA, Scopa Italian Roots & Black Market Liquor Bar
Jonathan Waxman
Author, Chef & Owner, Barbuto, Jams, Adele’s & Brezza Cucina
Tiffani Faison
Chef & Owner, Big Heart Hospitality
Tim Love
Chef & Owner, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie's Steakhouse, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon and Back Dough
Chris Shepherd
Chef & Owner, Underbelly Hospitality
Sarah Grueneberg
Chef & Partner, Monteverde Restaurant
Kristen Kish
Chef & Partner, Arlo Grey, Author
Andrew Curren
Chef & Co-Founder, ELM Restaurant Group
Tyson Cole
Partner & Executive Chef, Hai Hospitality
Tatsu Aikawa & Takuya "Tako" Matsumoto
Co-Executive Chefs, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya & Ramen Tatsu-Ya
Devon Broglie
Master Sommelier & Global Beverage Buyer, Whole Foods Market
Michael Fojtasek
Owner & Executive Chef, Olamaie
Evan LeRoy
Chef & Pitmaster, LeRoy and Lewis
Jason Dady
Executive Chef & Owner, Jason Dady Restaurant Group
Craig Collins
Master Sommelier & Italian Portfolio Sales Manager, Vintus
Graham Dodds
Guest Chef, Wild Kitchen + Bar
Stephanie McClenny
Owner & Principal Jam Maker, Confituras Little Kitchen
Grae Nonas
Executive Chef, Carpenters Hall
Lance Kirkpatrick
Pitmaster, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
Jo Chan
Executive Chef, Eberly
Charles Schlienger
Corporate Executive Chef, Sway
June Rodil
Partner, Goodnight Hospitality
Daniel Olivella
Chef & Owner, Barlata Tapas Bar
Andrew Wiseheart
Co-Owner & Executive Chef, Contigo Catering
Fermín Núñez
Executive Chef, Suerte
Daniel Brooks
Chef & Owner, Licha's Cantina
Ling Qi Wu
Chef & Owner, Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum
Ethan Holmes
Executive Chef, Mattie's
Maribel Rivero
Executive Chef, Yuyo
Allen Stewart
Head Chef, Grizzelda’s
Eric Silverstein
Executive Chef & Owner, The Peached Tortilla
Ryan Samson
Chef & Owner, Vespaio
David Norman
Head Doughpuncher, Culinary Director & Partner, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden
Nick Wong
Chef de Cuisine, UB Preserv
Nicholas Yanes
Chef & Owner, Juniper and Uncle Nicky's
Lakana Sopajan
Chef & Co-Owner, DEE DEE
Alexandra Gates
Chef & Owner, Cochineal Marfa
Max Snyder
Executive Chef, Pitchfork Pretty
Taylor Hall
Chef & Owner, Apis Restaurant
Jeff Brown
Executive Chef, Old Thousand
Clinton Kendall
Chef & Director of Operations, East Side King
Anthony Sobotik
Chef & Co-Owner, Lick Honest Ice Creams
Geronimo Lopez
Chef & Owner, Botika
Jeff Balfour
Chef & Owner, Southerleigh
Stephen Bonin
Executive Chef, Geraldine’s
Nathan Lemley & Sarah Heard
Chef-Owners, Foreign & Domestic, Austin
Jason McVearry & Trisha Fortuna
Co-Founders & Chief Poke Creators, Poke-Poke
Ji Peng Chen
Executive Chef, Wu Chow
Thomas Calhoun
Chef of Research & Development, Lenoir Restaurant
Carmen Valera
Boss Lady & Tamalera, Tamale House East
Ashley Neave
Executive Chef, Forthright
James Robert
Executive Chef & Co-Owner, Fixe Austin and Fixe Ft. Worth
Brian Moses
Executive Chef, Olive & June
Kevin Williamson
Chef & Owner Ranch 616
Josh Neises
Chef de Cuisine, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
Sonya Coté
Owner & Executive Chef, Eden East Restaurant & Farm and Hillside Farmacy
Callie Speer
Chef & Owner, Holy Roller
Britt Castro
Pastry Chef, Holy Roller
David Bull
Executive Chef, Second Bar + Kitchen
Freddy Diaz
Executive Chef of Contigo Catering
Margarita Mendez & Nestor Mendez
Owners, Pueblo Viejo
Raul Castillo & Joseph Gleeson
Chef & Director of Culinary Operations, Hopfields
Wayne Mueller
3rd Generation Owner & Pit Master, Louie Mueller Barbecue
John Bates + Brandon Martinez
Chefs & Co-Owners, Noble Sandwich Co
Edgar Rico
Owner/Chef, Nixta Taqueria
Victor Ibarra
Executive Chef, Andiamo Italiano
Brandon Fuller
Executive Chef, Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
Michael Jordan
Master Sommelier, Jackson Family Wines