There has been a bit of movement at some Austin restaurants:
Page Pressley has left his post as executive chef at the revamped Swedish Hill to pursue projects with a newly formed team of longtime friends working under the banner Choir Boys Hospitality.
“We are focusing on projects that deeply inspire us and hold true to our ethos both in Austin and around the great state of Texas,” Pressley, who was formerly a partner at Emmer & Rye told the Statesman. “My time spent with MMH and at Swedish hill was wonderful and an experience I learned a tremendous amount from. I’ll always be in debt to the team there for their incredible work ethic and the tireless resolve they possess and shared with me.”
Chef-partners Jennifer Tucker and Alex Manley will oversee culinary operations at Swedish Hill according to MMH co-founder Larry McGuire, with chef de cuisine Chelsea Fadding running the deli and cafe.
Andrea Juarez was named the new executive chef at Walton’s Fancy & Staple, Sandra Bullock’s cafe and bakery. Juarez, who once ran the food truck Twist of Spice at the Austin airport, climbed the ranks at Walton’s from line cook to sous chef before leaving to be the kitchen manager at Whip-In. Her resume also includes stints at Winebelly and Ni-Komé. The cafe and bakery also announced that PJ Wynne has taken the position of pastry chef, returning to Austin after a stint at the celebrated Frosted Art Bakery & Studio in Dallas. She oversees a pastry program that includes everything from cookies to wedding cakes.
Aaron Anselmi has been named the executive chef at Italian restaurant Olive & June. An Austin native, the chef formerly worked as a cook for Olive & June owner Shawn Cirkiel at the chef’s Parkside before stages at State Bird Provisions and Sons & Daughters in San Francisco.
Speaking of Parkside, Cirkiel’s Parkside Projects has named Amy Brown the pastry chef director for the group. Brown previously worked at Contigo and joined Parkside Projects as a pastry cook at Olive & June in 2016, eventually rising to pastry sous before moving over to Parkside.