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Blackbird's New Chef de Cuisine: Ryan Pfeiffer

He's already installed a new tasting menu.

Ryan Pfeiffer
Ryan Pfeiffer
One Off Hospitality
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Blackbird's made it official, announcing Ryan Pfeiffer as the West Loop gem's new chef de cuisine. He's already established himself, installing a 10-course tasting menu. This allows chef Perry Hendrix to concentrate on another of Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality's West Loop properties, Avec, which should undergo an expansion soon. The move was first reported by the Tribune.

Pfeiffer is a native Chicagoan and just finished a monthlong stint at Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif., about an hour south of San Francisco. Change has been the recent norm at Blackbird, Paul Kahan's first restaurant, which also lost highly-acclaimed pastry chef Dana Cree in July. But it keeps chugging along on Randolph Street.


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