Growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Page Pressley was drawn into the kitchen at a young age as his Italian godmother prepared robust dishes with fresh, quality ingredients. After working as a line cook in Santa Fe, Pressley was inspired to pursue a more formal education at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Upon graduating and returning to the southwest, Pressley managed kitchens at several highly acclaimed fine-dining establishments, including the praised Trattoria Nostrani in Santa Fe and The Bellagio’s Le Cirque in Las Vegas. Pressley made the move to Texas in 2011 to join the Uchi team as sous chef, working alongside Chef de Cuisine Kaz Edwards as an essential member of the Uchi Houston opening team. After two years of crafting menus and developing Uchi Houston, he moved to Austin to take the position of chef de cuisine at Uchiko. Pressley left briefly in 2014 to become the corporate executive chef at Starr Restaurants in Philadelphia, where he oversaw forty restaurants. He returned to Austin when he was asked to run the team at St. Philip as executive chef. Pressley brings his talent, vision, creativity, and work ethic with him as chef de cuisine at Emmer & Rye, which opened in November 2015 on Rainey Street. Helmed by Executive Chef Kevin Fink, one of Food & Wine’s 2016 “Best New Chefs,” Emmer & Rye brought a unique dining experience to Austin, as the restaurant is the city’s first to offer contemporary American seasonal small plates passed on circulating carts as part of their meal. The restaurant has been included in Bon Appétit’s “America’s Best New Restaurants 2016” list as well as Texas Monthly’s 2016 “Where To Eat Now” list.