Stephen Paprocki is the founder of Texas Black Gold Garlic, a company that heat-ages standard garlic, grown by independent farmers in Texas. He also is the owner of Top Chefa in San Antonio, a consulting company specializing in the food, restaurant, beverage and entertainment industries. Stephen’s culinary career started at Omni’s La Mansion del Rio, one of San Antonio’s most prominent hotels. He later earned critical acclaim as Executive Chef at the Fig Tree. Stephen is president of the Chef Cooperative, a group of chefs that hosts quarterly farm-to-table dinners to benefit local Texas farmers.