Chef Evan LeRoy
LeRoy and Lewis (Austin, TX)
Named in Zagat’s 30 Under 30
Comfortable around a live fire from a young age, Chef Evan LeRoy’s culinary experiences range from fine dining at Hudson’s on the Bend to barbecue at Hill Country Barbecue. As the founding pitmaster and executive chef at Freedmen’s in Austin, Texas, he offered innovative takes on traditional cuts of meat and flavor profiles. Under LeRoy’s leadership, Freedmen’s was named the #2 spot on food writer Mike Sutter’s Top 10 BBQ list in 2015 and was the official newcomer at the Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival in the same year. A year earlier, LeRoy was named as one of Zagat’s 30 Under 30 rising stars in the Austin culinary scene. He has taken home awards at the Quesoff and the Austin Meatball Festival, as well as multiple wins at the Austin Hot Sauce Festival. LeRoy has appeared on Burgers, Brew & Que and Food Porn and gained the title of Austin Grill Master on the Travel Channel.
In 2017, LeRoy opened the barbecue truck LeRoy & Lewis, with a rotating menu of nontraditional meats and cuts and a working motto of “new school barbecue, old school service.” LeRoy has also traveled to Australia and Russia to train and work with prospective pitmasters and is known for his openness to teaching and sharing smoking secrets.