Rising Star Chef Austin Fausett of Trummer's on Main - Biography

Clifton, VA

November 2014

In his hometown of Horicon, Wisconsin, Austin Fausett started cooking as soon as he could get his hands on a pan, first learning from his mother how important it was for food to bring people together. He began his professional culinary career at 14 in one of the kitchen’s most essential roles: dishwasher. Fausett’s passion became his career when he decided to choose the restaurant industry over his acceptance to journalism school. Fausett started out in San Francisco, landing at Town Hall during its opening under Chefs Steven and Mitchell Rosenthal. He then traveled to New York City where he fell in love with seasonal cooking while working at Craftbar. In New York, Fausett met his future spouse, and eventually moved to Washington, D.C. to be with her, after accepting a position with Michel Richard at Citronelle. When his wife had a job opportunity in Europe, Fausett followed her to Novelli Bacaro con Cucina in Vienna, Austria, where he absorbed Mediterranean and European culinary technique. Returning to the United States, Fausett accepted a position as chef de partie at The Inn at Little Washington, where he engaged deeply with the Virginia agricultural community and was eventually promoted to sous chef. Now at Trummer’s on Main, Fausett combines his years of experience and creative zeal to introduce guests to his style of American cuisine, earning a 2014 StarChefs Rising Star Chef Award along the way.