Watch local chefs share their best career advice for other chefs and restaurateurs at the Austin Food & Wine Festival.
There’s something special happening in Austin right now.
We spent last weekend at the city’s Food & Wine Festival, hanging out with local and national chefs in the OpenTable lounge behind the stages. We served cold drinks and small-batch ice cream, and offered a private place to take a break in between serving food and giving demonstrations.
Our goal was to return to them just a little bit of the hospitality they give guests in their restaurants every single day.
We were also thrilled to get to know a handful of the chefs who have made Austin’s food scene one of the best in the country: Tyson Cole, Bryce Gilmore, Shawn Cirkiel, Sam Hellman-Mass, Todd Duplechan, and Clinton Kendall, along with Jason Dady, who owns and operates restaurants in San Antonio. The area is growing, with new restaurants opening constantly and guests coming from all over the world to experience what these chefs have to offer. So we decided to tap into their knowledge and experience by asking their best advice for aspiring restaurateurs.
We learned plenty, but there was one big takeaway: these Texas chefs are incredibly passionate and driven, and they genuinely love going to work every day — even when that means cleaning toilets and working long hours.
Watch the video above to to get inspired by lessons and wisdom from the best in the business.