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Pop-Ups and Beyond: Meet The Chefs Behind Feastly’s Success

From the passionate home cook to the Michelin-grade veteran, Feastly is helping chefs push the bounds of dining and live their culinary dreams. We’ve seen them turn pop-ups into their own restaurants, side hustles into a real gigs, and unknown names into recognizable brands. We’re humbled and grateful to be part of their journeys, and we’re proud to celebrate their amazing successes!

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Before They Were Restaurants
No More “Day Job”
The Next Household Names

Before They Were Restaurants

They spent years working for others. Now, they’re running the show. Check out these IRL brick and mortars that were once popping up in Feastly kitchens.

Jason Fullilove

Chef Jason hosted a series of American Soul Food pop-ups at Feastly LA, which ultimately became Barbara Jean. With roots in African cooking, this lauded Melrose haunt features dishes like hush puppies with truffle honey and bbq pork agnolotti. Read more about the chef’s journey from pop-up to restaurant here.

Laura Millan and Sayat Ozyilmaz

Laura and Sayat are Michelin-star-studded veterans who have dazzled SF diners with Istanbul Modern, their culinary homage to the lost city of Constantinople. Be on the look out for Noosh, their upcoming restaurant concept in Pacific Heights.


Brandon Kirksey

Before opening Foxsister SF, Chef Brandon tested out his drool-worthy Korean fried chicken at Feastly SF. This neon-lit joint also features handmade dumplings and noodles, soju slushies and more. Read more about the chef’s journey from pop-up to restaurant here.

Telmo Faria

Chef Telmo graced the Feastly SF table with his childhood favorites from Portugal before opening Uma Casa. This Noe Valley hotspot features old world cuisine and California flavors with a Portuguese-focused wine list and fortified wine cocktails.


Darren Sayphraraj

Feastly LA’s diners were treated to Chef Darren’s brisket pho, mushroom khao soi, and ramen-fried chicken karaage before he opened  We Have Noodles. This Silver Lake establishment combines Darren’s New York City fine-dining experience with Asian street-style cuisine.

Banh Oui

Literally meaning “yes bread,” Banh Oui brings together the favorite dining genres of fine-dining alums Casey Felton and Armin Piskoulian — French and Vietnamese. Find them at their new spot in Hollywood and read more about Chef Casey here.


Jason Witzl

After a successful handmade Italian dinner series at Feastly LA, Chef Jason opened Ellie’s Long Beach. The southern Italian-inspired menus highlight high-quality ingredients from local farmers and fishermen.


Carlo Lamagna

After multiple sold-out runs of his Twisted Filipino pop-up series, Chef Carlo fulfilled his Kickstarter campaign and his restaurant dreams. Magna will pay homage to Lamagna’s father’s legacy while showcasing innovative Filipino cuisine in Portland.

*Forthcoming Spring 2018


No More “Day Job”

Away from the desk and beyond the traditional kitchen, these chefs are pursuing their passions through pop-ups. They’re challenging the status quo to provide some of the coolest dining experiences around.

Lindsay Kinder

Lindsay left an insurance career to study food in France. She’s now Food La La, a private chef, culinary instructor, and all-around foodie authority. Get some of her amazing recipes here.

Make Macarons With Lindsay

Clint and Yoko Tan

Clint gave up his tech job to learn how to make authentic ramen. He and his wife Yoko are now Noodle In A Haystack, with sold-out ramen pop-ups from shoyu to shio.

Slurp Noodles With Clint & Yoko

Erin Cochran + John Hall

After meeting in culinary school and working in notable restaurants, Erin and John formed Farmhand Kitchen. They source directly from their Sonoma farm.

Learn More About Farmhand

Louis Pechan

Hundred Miles showcases the diversity of southern California through vegetable-forward dishes and an array of scratch-made, foraged ingredients.

Learn More About Hundred Miles

Jean Valcarcel

An alum of the LA dining scene and the founder of Re Creo Supper Club, Jean started Little Llama Tacos to highlight Peruvian flavors in handheld form. Find them at Smorgasburg LA.

Learn More About Little Llama

The Next Household Names

TV spots, dozens of press pieces, and mile-long wait lists — these chefs are notorious in the best way possible. Get on board for their meteoric rise.

Tu David Phu

An alum of kitchens like Chez Panisse, Tu was a “Rising Star Chef 2017” (SF Chronicle) and a contestant on season 15 of Top Chef. His concept Chef’s Hawker Centre celebrates Asian hawker fare and features up-and-coming chefs. Check out some of Tu’s recipes here.

Experience Hawker Centre

Laura Millan and Sayat Ozyilmaz

This husband-and-wife pair has cooked at some of the world’s best restaurants, from Eleven Madison Park to Saison. After graduating from the CIA, they staged in restaurants across the US before launching Istanbul Modern, which was featured in the SF Chronicle. Read more about their culinary journey here.

Experience Istanbul Modern SF

Geoffrey Reed

With over two decades of experience in award-winning restaurants, Geoff dishes up an omakase experience only found in the Bay Area. Ichido has a 5-star rating on Yelp and has been featured on Thrillist. Read more about Geoff’s fishing and foraging adventures here. 

Dine With Ichido SF

Andrew McCormack

Andrew cooked at Michael Tusk’s Quince in San Francisco before launching Early To Rise. His popular menus feature seasonal takes on brunch favorites, earning him a 5-star rating on Yelp and a spot in SF Gate. Recreate Andrew’s drool-worthy eggs Benedict with these recipes.

Brunch With Early To Rise

Ed Sablan

Ed gained Portland popularity with his recently-shuttered food cart, PDX 671, which features the cuisine of his Guamanian roots. In addition to appearing on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Ed has been featured in a number of publications including The Oregonian and Willamette Week. Check out Ed’s grilling tips here.

Dine With PDX671


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