Parker County Today September 2016 - Page 72

Continued from page 62 Aaron Austin, Executive Chef, Vintage Car Museum & Grill Dream Job: Soldier in the U.S. Army SEPTEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Photo by Megan Parks 70 Austin is a true Weatherford man. He actually grew up in Jack Borden’s childhood home. “I grew up in the room they’d built for Jack,” Austin said. Always intrigued by the excitement of being in the Army, Austin enlisted and served for eight years. “I got tired of that. When I got out of the Army I went to school to be an EMT,” Austin said. “Then I worked at a couple of hospitals. I worked at Baylor in Dallas and Harris Southwest and I got burned out on that.” Austin’s wife told him to find something he liked to do so he went to the Culinary School of Fort Worth. Culinary arts always interested Austin. He took the job at Vintage in 2015. “I’m not only four blocks from home but I see people daily that I’ve known for most of my life,” Austin said. “I think it makes a difference to be able to come out and say, ‘I really am here to make everything great.’” Austin’s mother was a nurse and his father, Jim Austin taught at Weatherford College and had better hours, and did a lot of the cooking for the family. “I toyed around with cooking for a long time,” Austin said. “You know what they say, ‘Find something that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.’ That’s what I’ve done.” The Austins have three children, a 3-year-old, a 6-year-old and a 5-month old. “I like being here at Vintage because it’s like a big family,” Austin said. “Everybody takes care of everybody.” Vintage launched its breakfast menu in August. Austin was instrumental in the creation of the breakfast menu, but don’t worry, Brunch is still a tradition at Vintage. “We will change the menu seasonally,” Austin said. “We will be rolling out our autumn menu in October.” His eyes glowed. No matter how much he works at Vintage, he’s not working at all — Austin is a man who loves what he does.