After working as an executive chef at restaurants that shuttered, Phil Rubino has latched on as sous chef at one that's seemingly in a much better position. Chef/owner Ryan McCaskey has brought on the former Moderno, Royce, and Black Sheep chef (plus a stop at the Sofitel Hotel in between) to work underneath him at his growing Near South Side fine dining gem, Acadia.
McCaskey is excited about the move, recalling how he considered hiring Rubino as his opening sous chef two years ago. "I guess it's all about timing," McCaskey says. "We share many of the same philosophies, styles, and goals...I believe Phil will be an important piece."
Rubino fits into the continuing evolution of Acadia, which includes McCaskey's new tasting menus and format. McCaskey says he's hoping for a second Michelin star and hopes Rubino, finally alongside him in the Acadia kitchen, will help the cause.
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