Born and raised in Mexico City, Fabian von Hauske moved to New York City after high school to attend the International Culinary Center (ICC). It was there he first met Jeremiah Stone, who was working as a chef for the school event’s department—the two quickly developed a friendship. Years later, Jeremiah took a chef position Paris at Rino, while Fabian interned at Jean Georges and traveled abroad to Copenhagen. All the while they stayed in touch, and in 2013 they eventually reunited in NYC to open Contra in the Lower East Side. Then in 2015, they debuted Wildair, a casual bistro with an expansive wine list focused on natural wines. Most recently, Wildair was named “Best New Restaurant” by Bon Appetit magazine, was a James Beard Award finalist in the category of “Best New Restaurant 2016,” and both chefs were named Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs 2016.”