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Chef Spotlight: Executive Chef & Owner Callie Speer of Holy Roller

Callie Speer, a longtime favorite of the Austin restaurant scene, has brought us Holy Roller. Described as being “inspired by the spirit of punk rock with a hint of religious kitsch, we're putting out nostalgic food with a bit of whimsy, from early morning until late night,” this new downtown gem is worthy of a visit…soon! Get to know Callie a little better, as she shares some of her favorites with us…

What is your guilty pleasure?

Fruit Gushers

If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Cheese, in pretty much any form.

What does your family beg you to make at home?

I really don’t cook at all at home. It’s actually a running joke in my household that I like eating cereal for dinner.

Describe the best meal you've ever had.

The first time I ever ate at Uchi (the original) in 2005.

What is your favorite local ingredient?

Anything from Dorsey at Hausbar. It also doesn’t hurt that she has all those little baby bunnies to pet.

If you can make a meal for anyone, who would it be and why?

I would’ve loved to cook anything for David Bowie.

About Executive Chef & Owner Callie Speer:

Callie Speer is an Austin native, and has become well-known for her whimsical and inventive creations inspired by everyday and nostalgic foods. Speer has helped craft the pastry and bread programs for the Hotel Van Zandt, which includes Geraldine’s and Café 605, as well as the pastry program for Chameleon Group, which includes Swift’s Attic, Delish Bakery, and Wu Chow. Her experience also includes working at parkside under acclaimed Chef Shawn Cirkiel, as well as other Austin establishments such as Jeffrey’s and Mars. In 2009, Speer and Cirkiel were invited to host a dinner at the revered James Beard House in New York. In 2013, she was nominated for Food and Wine Magazine’s “People’s Best New Pastry Chef” honor. In 2015, she was awarded Pastry Chef of the Year by Culturemap. Speer has competed on several television shows, including Food Network’s Cake Wars, and Bravo’s Best New Restaurant. She is also a contributor for many outlets, including Vice Munchies, Zagat, and Camille Styles.

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