pit master, Barbecue Chef and Restaurateur
Whether it’s working the pit at his family’s barbecue restaurant, stirring up culinary creations in some of Colombia’s hottest eateries, or acting as guest chef in New York City, Adrian Davila’s connection to food runs deep.
Adrian is a third-generation pit master, barbecue chef and restaurateur at his family’s acclaimed Davila’s BBQ in Seguin, Texas. He continues to honor his family’s legacy and the traditions of Mexican-American cooking, all while exploring his own unique identity.
His grandfather, Raul Davila, opened Davila’s in 1959, and passed the secrets of his smoked barbecue to Adrian’s father, Edward. The family is proud of their commitment to creating the best barbecue in Texas.
Adrian credits his grandfather and father with teaching him the value of hard work. Most of his youth was spent in the kitchens of the restaurant, learning the special techniques until he could prepare everything on the menu to perfection.
Adrian still practices those skills today, and has since created his own unique recipes for the restaurant as well as its extensive catering business. He has also taken some of those creations on the road to special events across the state in the restaurant’s food truck.
He continues to expand his culinary knowledge and skills through research and travel, most recently throughout Europe, with a special stop in the city from which his family once hailed, Avila, Spain.
He recently finished his first book, Cowboy Barbecue working alongside noted culinary author Anne Volkwein, and has promoted the book across the country.
Adrian has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Man Fire Food, as a judge on the Travel Channel’s American Grilled, as a contestant (and first-place winner) on the Food Network’s BBQ Blitz “Texas Takedown,” as a guest chef on the Food Network’s The Kitchen, as a judge on the Food Network’s BBQ Kids Champion, and on Tastemade.
As the restaurant’s spokesman, he has appeared on The Today Show, Tastemade, KSAT 12’s SA Live, WOAI News 4’s San Antonio Living and KENS-5’s Great Day SA. He and the restaurant have been featured in the San Antonio Express-News, Texas Monthly’s BBQ issue, San Antonio Edible Magazine as well as the Seguin Gazette and Seguin Magazine.
Adrian said it’s important to him and his family that Davila's BBQ continues to grow in the hearts of their customers, throughout the heart of Texas and beyond.