Austin Agent was born and raised in Philadelphia, MS. His love of cooking started when he would help his grandmother in the kitchen, baking desserts and meals at family gatherings. He started baking on his own at 11 years old when he was challenged to enter his grandmother’s Sour Cream Pound Cake at Hope Baptist Church’s baking contest.
Agent moved to Oxford Mississippi to pursue a liberal arts degree at Ole Miss in History and Anthropology and began working his first job in a kitchen with Old Venice Pizza Co. After a year away from Oxford working for Glenn Foods in Jackson, Bottletree Bakery recruited him to return to Oxford and he discovered his true interest in baking for his career.
In 2012, Agent started with John Currence’s City Grocery Restaurant Group (CGRG) at Big Bad Breakfast and introduced various breads and pastries as specials to their guests. Chef Dwayne Ingraham noticed Agent’s attention to detail when he worked Pantry station at City Grocery and asked him to join the pastry department at the CGRG corporate office production kitchen.
In April 2016, Austin Agent was promoted to Pastry Chef of City Grocery Restaurant Group’s five restaurants and catering company. He has introduced to the pastry program a new element of southern tradition, challenging previously conceived ideas of plated desserts at fine dining establishments. A 2016 chef at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Agent represented the restaurant group in the Mississippi tasting tents with Meyer Lemon Mousse with Saltine Streusel.