charles schlienger, corporate executive chef at sway
growing up near ft. lauderdale, florida in a family of restaurateurs, cooking came easily to charles schlienger. in high school, charles dual-enrolled at sheridan technical college, where he graduated with a culinary degree before even receiving his high school diploma. for seven years, charles honed his culinary skills within the renowned todd english enterprises. he joined the group as the opening executive sous chef of da campo osteria, celebrity chef todd english’s former modern italian restaurant in ft. lauderdale. there, he met mentor seth high, a chef who pushed charles to incorporate new ingredients into his repertoire.
charles then served as chef de cuisine for wild olives, a mediterranean restaurant in las vegas, and eventually moved to the bahamas to work at olives at the atlantis. in 2015, he moved to texas to spend time learning under pitmaster tim rattray at the granary in san antonio, before making the move to austin. for two years, charles served as executive chef for north italia, a modern italian restaurant serving handmade pastas and pizzas at the domain.
charles joined sway as group executive chef in june 2017, overseeing the south 1st location while simultaneously preparing teams to open two new locations in 2018. he currently directs kitchen operations at all three locations, working to streamline internal communication and ensure each sway operates under the mantra of “same same, but different.”
justin holler, chef de cuisine at sway south first
justin is returning to the sway family after expanding his culinary experience as the executive chef at flower child and the historic stagecoach inn. while at flower child, justin lead a team of 32 kitchen staff members and was recognized for his mentorship of sous chefs and line cooks throughout his career. previously, justin served as the executive chef at the stagecoach inn where he finalized kitchen plans and a buildout, developed a new menu and learned to blend historic rustic food with modern culinary techniques and plating. justin has been involved in the restaurant industry for over 10 years in both front of house and heart of house elements. the sway team is excited to have justin back as south first’s chef de cuisine.
billy sciacca, chef de cuisine at sway west lake hills
billy’s culinary career began when he enlisted in the united states army and underwent the army advanced culinary skills training course. he then went on to serve as lead line cook and trainer during a 15 month tour in iraq. during this time he received numerous medals for his service and was honorably discharged before returning to the u.s. billy went on to serve as sous chef for three years at la piazza in his hometown of pittston township, pennsylvania, before making his way down to texas. billy began working for fox restaurant concepts as lead line cook at north italia in houston. from there, he worked his way up to sous and executive sous chef. billy joined the sway team in 2018 as a sous chef at sway’s south 1st street location, and was quickly promoted to opening chef de cuisine of sway’s third location in west lake hills where he works alongside sway corporate executive chef charles schlienger to open and oversee all kitchen operations.