Andrew Talks to Chefs

Episode 233: Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel (Birdie's--Austin, TX)

Episode Summary

Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel, chef and co-owner of Birdie's in Austin, TX, discusses her training at institutions such as Lula Cafe and Gramercy Tavern, and the road to her current success.

Episode Notes

While at the Hot Luck Festival in Austin, TX, this spring, Andrew sat down with Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel, chef and co-owner of Birdie's, one of the restaurants of the moment (it was  recently named "restaurant of the year" by Food & Wine). In addition to describing her own path, which took her from Texas to Chicago to New York and back to Texas, Tracy details the progressive business and service model at Birdie's, which allow for a range of benefits for the team and for her and her husband-business partner, Arjav Ezekiel.

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