Liz Subauste began working in the restaurant industry at a young age while helping with her mother’s catering company. A Peru native, she enrolled at Lima University for film studies and applied to an exchange student program that brought her to the Bay Area in 2000.
While working in various restaurant positions throughout film school, she realized that food was her passion and in 2003 changed career paths. She earned her AA degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality from City College of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s in Recreation, Parks and Tourism from San Francisco State.
After graduating from the culinary program, Liz worked at some of San Francisco’s most prominent restaurants such as Myth, Delfina and the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group. While at Delfina, she found a mentor in Annie Stoll and grew a passion for family owned restaurants and the community that surrounds them.
After spending 5 years with the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group, developing new departments and filling various positions, she decided to focus on openings, training and structuring restaurants. She started independently consulting for restaurant openings. Most recently she opened Toro in NYC, Kin Khao and Al’s Place in San Francisco.
On her time off she enjoys traveling, cooking, eating and spending time with her pet pig, Kona.