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Rising Stars: 1789’s Travis Olson

Washington’s restaurant scene is full of promising young chefs. Here are 13 rising culinary stars that we think are worth your attention

Who:Travis Olson, pastry chef at 1789.

Age: 28.

Why we chose him: He pushes the old-guard restaurant’s boundaries with lighthearted sundaes and ice-cream sandwiches, and he throws in surprises such as cardamom funnel cake.

Hometown: Arlington.

Also worked at: DC Coast and Clyde’s.

Guilty pleasure: “Tofutti Cuties ice-cream sandwiches. My girlfriend brought home a box.”

Where he’d be if not wearing a chef’s hat: “Maybe making moonshine.”

Favorite cookbook: “Edna Lewis’s early books—not necessarily for the pastry but for the older approach to cooking when recipes weren’t so important.”

Favorite kitchen gadget: “I’m into hand tools—anything that puts me in control—instead of anything with an electric motor. I really want an oil press for nuts and seeds. Supposedly you can build one from a car jack.”

Favorite pie: “I used to do a cream pie at Clyde’s of Gallery Place that married the top three cream pies. It was a coconut crust with chocolate pudding, grilled and flambéed rum bananas, and whipped cream."

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