Sarah Heard has a strong passion for food, starting with the dirt where the food was cultivated. She began cooking in Austin 13 years ago & has held positions at The Mansion at Judges Hill, Parkside Projects, & La Condesa, while maintaining a small farm just outside of Austin. She believes that integrity & respect for all parts of the process that bring food to your plate are essential to a good meal & to the guest experience. In 2017 Sarah & partner, Nathan Lemley, purchased Foreign & Domestic, Austin from founder Ned Elliott. The two are now focused on bold, cohesive flavors, adventurous wine, & pure hospitality.
“We pride ourselves on taking the odd bits of the animal or plant, making them approachable, & focusing on executing them well so that when you do try them, it is not an off-putting event.”
Nathan Lemley traces his passion for making food back to his nightly family dinners as a child growing up in Katy, Texas. Long before attending culinary school at The Art Institute of Houston, Nathan spent time watching his grandmother, who owned a bakery in Yoakum, Texas make cakes and pies.
After graduating from the Art Institute of Houston, Nathan continued to climb the ranks in several of the best restaurants in Houston, including Tony’s, Voice, and Stella Sola. A few years into his career, he moved to Austin to take the position of Chef de Cuisine at the newly opened Foreign & Domestic. Three years late, he accepted the position of Executive Chef at downtown Austin restaurant, Parkside.