2018 Talent

Lawrence Kocurek

Executive Chef, Counter 3. FIVE. VII.

Austin native Lawrence Kocurek left home to train at The French Culinary Institute in New York City before working his way up the ranks of various New York kitchens helmed by acclaimed chefs Rocco DiSpirito, David Bouley, Pierre Schutz, and Tien Ho.

After returning to Austin, Kocurek trained and worked alongside Chefs David Bull and Roy Yamaguchi before being hired as executive chef at Roy’s Austin. In 2009, Kocurek opened his own business, Kocurek Family Charcuterie, a true passion project for this classically trained chef. Kocurek has most recently served as chef de cuisine at Stories Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort, as well as chef de cuisine at TRACE, the W Austin Hotel’s fine dining restaurant.

As executive chef and partner at Counter 3 . FIVE . VII, Kocurek brings his local flare and minimalist approach, coupled with a passion for seasonal regional and national products, to this contemporary cuisine focused restaurant.