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The Team

Portrait photo of Chef Elmar Prambs in uniform

Elmar Prambs

Executive Chef
At the helm of Four Seasons Hotel Austin’s kitchen since 1986, Elmar is responsible for the culinary direction of all food and beverage outlets – including banquets, room service, Live Oak and Ciclo. In this role, Elmar particularly enjoys introducing diners to unique flavor combinations and stunning presentations, a skill that has earned him an outstanding reputation and loyal following. Prior to joining Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 1977 (at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver), he completed an apprenticeship with a German master chef and worked in several prestigious kitchens across Europe and Canada.
A portrait of female Chef Abril Galindo leaning against a table and smiling in her white chef coat

Abril Galindo

Executive Sous Chef
Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Abril’s early exposure to gourmet meals was limited. Her first taste of a truly well-prepared dish opened her eyes to the joy of cooking. In 2010, Abril joined Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita as a culinary intern, a role that allowed her to rotate through a variety of positions in the kitchen. After working at several Mexico restaurants and hotels, Abril was recruited to rejoin Four Seasons Hotel Austin. Her work ethic, creativity and passion for cooking quickly became apparent, eventually leading to her promotion as executive sous chef in 2017.
A female chef with long brown hair in white chef clothes that say "Ciclo".

Amanda Pallagi-Naim

Executive Pastry Chef
Growing up cooking alongside her grandma in rural Texas, Amanda’s natural craftiness and prowess in the kitchen turned into a full-fledged business in high school. Despite this early success and subsequent roles in restaurants, Amanda didn’t consider culinary school seriously until 2008 when she joined Four Seasons Hotel Austin as a hostess in the restaurant. Drawn inexorably to the pastry shop, she was taken under the wing of the executive pastry chef who motivated her to seek out professional training. Over the next five years, Amanda took on increasing levels of responsibility before her promotion to the top pastry position in late 2015.

Richard Sandoval

Restaurateur
Chef Richard Sandoval is a global pioneer in contemporary Latin cuisine. His career as a chef, restaurateur and entrepreneur also include serving as a television personality, cookbook author, brand ambassador and philanthropist. He is internationally acclaimed for his innovative approach to combining Latin ingredients with modern culinary techniques to create award-winning flavours that span 50 locations and four continents.

Jason Eatherly

The muralist, well-known in the Austin art scene for his positivity and love of beautifying unique spaces, has a diverse portfolio ranging from acrylic on hand-constructed canvas to large-scale spray paint and roller murals. Visit Eatherly’s “Grackle with Love” mural on Ciclo’s patio.
A portrait of Muralist Jason Eatherly in front of his mural on the patio at Ciclo.