2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Food Transformers: Reimagining Food Traditions

Saturday, March 12
9:30AM - 10:30AM

The Driskill
604 Brazos St


Three nationally-acclaimed, dynamic chefs share their inspiration for how they have transformed time-honored food traditions into hot tastes for today’s palates. Food writer and culinary network star Virginia Willis transforms classic-but-heavy southern recipes into healthful and wholesome by re-imagining ingredients while keeping Southern charm and appeal. Austin chef / DJ, Tatsu Aikawa (co-owner of Ramen Tatsu-Ya) infuses time-honored ramen-making techniques into a mash-up of inventive ramen dishes. Chef Michael Fojtasek (co-owner of Olamaie, Eater National's 21 Best New Restaurants) transforms five generations of Southern cooking traditions into Modern Southern Cuisine.

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Marla Camp at SXSW

Marla Camp


Edible Austin

Marla Camp is an award-winning journalist and the owner and publisher of Edible Austin, a bi-monthly print and online magazine, which connects readers to the local food culture and food producers i...

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Michael Fojtasek at SXSW

Michael Fojtasek



Michael Fojtasek began his culinary career at FINO Restaurant in Austin. Shortly after walking into the FINO kitchen, Michael realized he wanted to spend the rest of his life working in restaurants...

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Tatsu Aikawa at SXSW

Tatsu Aikawa


Ramen Tatsu-Ya

Tatsu Aikawa is a Tokyo-born, Austin-raised chef specializing in Japanese food. He is the owner and restauranteur of Ramen Tatsu-Ya, authentic ramen shops, with two locations in Austin.

Virginia Willis at SXSW

Virginia Willis

Chef Author

Virginia Willis Culinary Enterprises

Georgia-born French-trained Chef Virginia Willis has cooked Lapin Normandie with Julia Child in France, prepared lunch for President Clinton, catered a bowling party for Jane Fonda, and harvested c...

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