Chefs to Watch 2019: Fermín Núñez, Suerte, Austin

Amy Cavanaugh

Suerte means “luck” and it was fortunate timing when Sam Hellman-Mass reached out to Fermín Núñez and asked him to lead his forthcoming masa-focused restaurant just as the chef was mulling leaving Austin for New York.

“My goal had been to go to New York and do a restaurant I was proud of with food I believed in—Mexican food and masa, of course,” Núñez says. “I was...