Manny Augello, an alumnus of the Beta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi at Northwestern State University has been named among the national fraternity’s most promising young alumni. Now in its second year, ‘Thirty Under 30’ recognizes young alumni for their achievement after their undergraduate careers have come to an end.
Augello was born and raised in Palermo, on the Italian island Sicily before coming to Louisiana. While honing his culinary skills he served his chapter as Warden. After graduating from NSU he began working on his craft and soon took over as Executive Chef of Jolies Louisiana Bistro in Lafayette. Manny worked there for over five years before opening his own restaurant, Bread and Circus Provisions where he is the owner and head chef and specializes in Cajun style cooking. Over the years Manny has been named one of five chefs in Louisiana to watch and one of the ten best chefs in Louisiana by the Louisiana Office of Tourism. He also had the honor of cooking at the famous James Beard House in New York City. Manny believes in culinary activism and supports the farm to table and slow food movements.
Augello was nominated to be included in the 2015 ‘Thirty Under 30 class’ by their peers, older alumni, and friends of the fraternity. From there, a committee of volunteers reviewed all of the nominees in areas such as impact, leadership and service, and awards and recognition. After the herculean effort of reviewing all nominations was completed, the list was narrowed to the 30 finalists.
Alumni of 25 different chapters of all sizes, locations and age are represented in the group of 30, painting a broad, yet distinguished, view of Pi Kappa Phi as a national organization. The recipients come from all types of backgrounds, and were nominated for all types of outstanding achievement: volunteerism, professional achievement, etc. While the qualifications of the honor can vary, all of the recipients have in common a commitment to fraternal values. These men are all outstanding examples of how to live out the values of Pi Kappa Phi long after leaving their college campus.
Fellow Beta Omicron chapter alumni Lane Luckie and Wil Adams were named to the inaugural ‘Thirty Under 30’ list in 2014.