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Apr 10 Short North Gala Chef Spotlight: Lara Ranallo of Surly Girl Saloon
Pittsburgh native Lara Ranallo grew up baking with her mom, who eventually made her get a restaurant job the summer after she turned 15, while Ranallo said she was “avoiding getting a job.” Now, Chef Ranallo wouldn’t want to be anywhere but a kitchen. “I love the energy of a kitchen and the fast-paced work environment,...
Apr 08 Short North Gala Chef Spotlight: Josh Cook of Hubbard Grille
Before becoming executive chef at Hubbard Grille in 2011, Josh Cook had already gained considerable experience working in Columbus restaurants, including Wilhelm’s, Bravo, Abbracci, Due Amici, and Barrio. Though he has no formal culinary training, Cook developed his style and skill from his experiences at these restaurants and brought them...
Apr 03 Short North Gala Chef Spotlight: Andrew Smith of The Rossi Bar + Kitchen
While working construction for one of his dad’s companies in California and then building homes with his brother in Washington, Oregon native Andrew Smith always wondered what it would be like to be a chef. “I found myself just taking notes watching cooking shows and reading tons of books,” Smith said. Without any experience...
Apr 01 Short North Gala Chef Spotlight: Jon Deutschle of Marcella's Italian Kitchen
After working as a server for several years and teaching himself to cook, Jon Deutschle knew he wanted to be a chef by the time he was 21 years old. “While I was a server, I would teach myself to cook just because I liked to do it,” Deutschle said. “Eventually, working in restaurants that long and watching other cooks and chefs...
Mar 27 Short North Gala Chef Spotlight: Laura Hays & Amanda Morehart of Short North Piece of Cake
When Laura Hays and Amanda Morehart found their current home at Short North Piece of Cake, the answer to their culinary aspirations couldn’t have been sweeter. Hays’ love of baking began with her mom and continued through high school while she worked at various restaurants. “Continuing in this field just felt right,” Hays...
Mar 26 Viewpoints Artist Talks: Joe Lombardo
Since the sixth grade, Joe Lombardo has been an artist. “I started drawing almost every day,” Lombardo said. “It just always has been with me." The Northern Ohio native and current Columbus resident has come a long way since the sixth grade. While receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design,...