Interview with Chef Michael Fojtasek ’10 of Olamaie in Austin, TX

Michael Fojtasek ‘10 began his culinary career at FINO Restaurant in Austin. Shortly after walking into the FINO kitchen, he realized he wanted to spend the rest of his life working in restaurants. Michael was offered a position at Rathbun’s Dallas restaurant, Abacus, which was his first opportunity to work in fine dining. Michael attended The Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena. While attending the west coast extension of the world’s best culinary college, Michael continued his education with an externship at Per Se. Opened in August 2014, Olamaie brings the taste of the South with a new modern spin to downtown Austin with seasonal dishes and farm-to-table ingredients. Since opening, Olamaie has received numerous accolades including being named as a 2015 James Beard Awards semifinalist for Best New Restaurant, 2015 Food & Wine Best New Chefs, featured as the second Best New Restaurant in Texas Monthly’s Where To Eat Now in 2015, and named 2015 Best Restaurant in Austin by the Austin American-Statesman.