Top Chef Season 18 Headshot Avishar Barua

Avishar Barua

HOMETOWN: Columbus, OH


OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Executive Chef & GM, Service Bar

Avishar Barua is the Executive Chef and General Manager of Service Bar in Columbus, Ohio. Born in Columbus, Ohio to immigrant parents who left Bangladesh in search of better opportunities in America, Avishar pursued his true passion of cooking after getting bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology at The Ohio State University. After attending culinary school, he went to New York City and trained under Wylie Dufresne at Michelin starred WD~50. He returned to Ohio to open Service Bar for Middle West Spirits, a local grain to glass distiller, where he has since gained national recognition from FOOD & WINE Magazine for his signature dish, the Cheesy Brisket Crunch.