Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Alumni Spotlight: Chef Neil Joiner

For Texas native Neil Joiner, there’s no place like home. After graduating from ICC in 2002 and spending six years at The Waldorf Astoria and The Ritz Carlton on Central Park, Joiner (pictured on right) headed back to the Lone Star State and landed at The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines in Austin. “I’m determined to stay in Austin and make it here.”

Despite several offers, Joiner stayed on as executive sous for four years to perfect his craft. It was time well spent. Not only did he build a lasting relationship with Front of House manager Trevor Lane, he was also able to recruit friend and chef Joe Bixel as a fellow sous. Sharing a love of home brewed beer and a passion for food, the three got along famously and laughed themselves into the sobering business of starting a restaurant.

The Porter Ale House and Gastropub is slated to open in just a few weeks and Joiner can’t wait to be part of the scene, “Austin is blowing up, but there is a lot that still doesn’t exist here and that’s where we fit in.” Clear about their niche, Porter seeks to be "comfortable, hospitable and welcoming to folks who love food but want no pretention.” The menu’s new twist on classic American fare includes “everything from braised oxtail fritters to the best burger in town" with an extensive on tap selection that features 30 beers, wines, house cocktails and root beer.

Joiner adds, “Austin is a great place for a talented chef to gain serious industry experience. I want to pull ICC alumni for internships and jobs and bring their talent here.”  

For more information on hiring, click here: http://austin.craigslist.org/fbh/4134135160.html 

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