2017 Talent

Salvador Avila

About Chef Salvador Avila: Avila, 34, has deep roots in Middle Tennessee. Before moving to Nashville, he grew up in the rural town of Columbia. An experienced veteran of Nashville’s dining scene, having cooked at City House, 360 Bistro and even Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint for a brief time, Avila also spent significant time outside of the South, from the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay to Hotel Monaco in San Francisco. His approach to cooking and food is informed and influenced by his travels, Latino heritage (Avila is a first-generation American, as his parents were born in Mexico) and his adventurous palate.