- Matthew Odam's Top 25 restaurants (#10, 2014), Austin American Statesman
A native of Austin, Stewart Scruggs graduated from The Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York, and has worked for The Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, and Stephan Pyles in Dallas. From 1991 to 1996, Scruggs was Chef / Co-Owner of Zoot Restaurant in Austin, garnering praise from The London Times to The Austin American Statesman. From 1999 to 2001, he was Executive Chef at Brio Vista in Austin. He is co-founder of The Red Ribbon Dinner Series benefiting AIDS Services of Austin..
An alumnus of Peter Kump's School for the Culinary Arts, Mark Paul has worked in many renowned restaurants, including The James Beard Foundation (New York), Le Cirque (New York), and Charlie Trotter's (Chicago). After coming home to Austin in 1995, Mark was at Brio and at Brio Vista. In 2001 he partnered with Stewart Scruggs to open Wink, and in 2003 the pair took over long time Austin favorite Zoot (they shuttered it in 2012). He is a member of Slow Foods International, a member of The James Beard Foundation, and a vocal advocate for small local farms and sustainable agriculture.