Max Kunik was born & raised in Houston. He has worked in the Austin food industry his entire professional life. He earned a degree in Entrepreneurship from St. Edward’s University and has continuously strived to make businesses operate in a more efficient manner. While in college, Max managed operations at Austin Restaurant Week, was employee number one at Favor in which his position was to run daily operations for the food delivery app, and up until the launch of Wingman Kitchens, operated Jaime’s Foods, LLC. Max is the co-founder of Taster’s Table Club, which features local Austin restaurants and has allowed him to enhance his relationships with the city’s food scene players.
With eight years of experience in the Austin food scene, Max has gained a significant understanding of the people’s needs within the industry. He is passionate about connecting food entrepreneurs with opportunities to succeed. He is excited to share the same insights & passion in Houston.
Robert Strong holds a BA in History, Cum Laude from Ithaca College, in Ithaca, NY. Following a successful eight year career as a military intelligence analyst, and two tours to Fallujah, Iraq, Robert moved to Austin in 2011, attending Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts. He has seven plus years of experience in the food industry.
Robert has worked in several restaurants, to include: Uchi, Peached Tortilla Food Truck, and Thai Fresh. He was the co-founder of Pretty Thai For A White Guy food truck in January 2013, and was featured on Season 5 of Eat St. on the Cooking Channel. Robert launched Pretty Thai® Specialty Sauces & Spices in early 2016, hitting the shelves of several Austin stores to include Central Market and Wheatsville Co-Op in the summer of 2016.
Pretty Thai® was honored as a 2018 H-E-B Quest For Texas Best Finalist, launching as a Primo Pick into 191 H-E-B’s in January 2019. Robert is passionate about the local food scene, supporting local food companies and suppliers, as well as providing insight into growing a successful natural food brand into retail stores. In addition to Pretty Thai®, he launched the Palmer Nicklaus Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit focused on supporting and feeding families at Dell Children’s and the Ronald McDonald House in Austin.