Austin chef starts scholarship and mentorship program for Austin Community College students

Tavel Bristol-Joseph has started a scholarship fund that will provide $6,000 to two Austin Community College Culinary Arts students and give them opportunity to be mentored by Bristol-Joseph and to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants. (Courtesy Emmer & Rye)
Tavel Bristol-Joseph has started a scholarship fund that will provide $6,000 to two Austin Community College Culinary Arts students and give them opportunity to be mentored by Bristol-Joseph and to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants. (Courtesy Emmer & Rye)

Tavel Bristol-Joseph has started a scholarship fund that will provide $6,000 to two Austin Community College Culinary Arts students and give them opportunity to be mentored by Bristol-Joseph and to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants. (Courtesy Emmer & Rye)

Tavel Bristol-Joseph, pastry chef and co-owner of Austin restaurants Emmer & Rye, Henbit, Hestia, Kailmotxo and TLV, is leading a new scholarship fund that is now open to Austin Community College culinary students.

The Bristol-Joseph Culinary Scholarship Fund, which the chef created in partnership with ACC and the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, will provide two ACC culinary arts students with $6,000 each, which can be used for tuition, class supplies, fees or transportation costs. In addition to the financial benefits, the scholarship fund will include mentoring from Bristol-Joseph and a one-day stage at one of the Emmer & Rye team's five restaurants.


Bristol-Joseph, who was born in Guyana before moving to Brooklyn to attend culinary arts school, was named one of Food & Wine Magazine's best new chefs in 2020.

"Honestly, those accolades are great, but the greatest accomplishment I feel I've achieved is being able to help students that are looking for guidance, a little advice, mentorship—all of the things I wish I had in culinary school," Bristol-Joseph said in a video message presented to the ACC board of trustees April 5.

The scholarship will be available for two culinary arts students in 2021. Applications are now open, and the deadline to submit is May 14. Submissions can be accessed through ACC's website, and scholarships will be awarded by July 2.