Zagat Presents: Austin’s 30 Under 30


It is no secret that Austin is filled with an innumerable amount of talented individuals – whose creative enthusiasm make the city an addition to “Top Ten” lists across the nation (such as Forbes’ Best Cities for Young Adults and Kiplinger’s 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade).

With the restaurant scene having such a big influence on Austin’s recent attraction, Zagat appropriately hosted its first annual Austin 30 under 30 event this past Monday. Held at Qui (just recently named The Best Restaurant in America by GQ), the event celebrated the up-and-coming individuals playing an integral role in the culinary community.



A city on the rise, the list of honorees include hosts, bartenders, and line cooks – as well as the chefs and owners that will lead the city’s food movement for years to come.

Full list of honorees sorted by age:
Thorne Russell, 20 | Host, Hillside Farmacy

Alex Holder, 23 | Bar Manager, Clark’s Oyster Bar

Quinton Roach, 23 | Bartender, Jeffrey’s

Hope Furst, 25 | Director of Business Developments, Catering and Events, The Peached Tortilla

John Hajash, 25 | Line Cook, Congress

Maximillian Petty, 25 | Chef de Cuisine, Olivia

Bob Galligan, 26 | Head Brewer, Hops & Grain Brewing

Aleisha Fitzgerald, 26 | Sushi Chef, Uchi

Erica Beneke, 26 | Executive Chef, MAX’s Wine Dive Austin

Ian Thurwachter, 26 | Sous-Chef, Jeffrey’s

David Voss, 27 | Operations Manager, Craft Pride

Chase Gintner, 27 | Line Cook, Odd Duck

Evan LeRoy, 27 | Executive Chef and Pitmaster, Freedman’s

Grae Nonas, 27 | Co-Executive Chef, Olamaie

Haden Riggs, 27 | Front of House Manager, Perla’s Oyster and Seafood Bar

Shion Aikawa, 28 | Director of Operations, Ramen Tatsu-ya

Karina Akhavan, 28 | Cake Decorator, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop

Sam Hellman-Mass, 28 | Chef and Partnet, Odd Duck

Sarah McIntosh, 28 | Owner, Epicerie Cafe and Grocery

Charisse Sayers, 28 | Event Coordinator, Uchi and Uchiko

Abby O’Connell Montemayor, 28 | Pastry-Sous Chef, Vespaio and Enoteca

Holly Witherington, 28 | General Manager and Event Coordinator, Eden East

Matthew Arthur Bolick, 29 | Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Wright Bros. Brew and Brew and Flat Track Coffee

Dacia Branch, 29 | Co-General Manager, Bungalow

Dennis Gobis, 29 | Bar Manager, drink.well

Janina O’Leary, 29 | Executive Pastry Chef, LaV

Wes Mickel, 29 | Owner and Winemaker, Argus Cidery

Jessica Rupert, 29 | Line Cook, Qui

Brad Sorenson, 29 | Executive Chef and General Manager, NO VA Kitchen & Bar

Ty Wolosin, 29 | Owner, Windy Hill Farm; Assistant Brewer, Kamala Brewing at The Whip In

Cheers to all of the winners. We look forward to seeing what you do next.


Full bios on each of the Austin 30 Under 30 honorees are available on Zagat.

Photography: Hilary Pearson

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