Meet Chef Rob Wing

Meet Chef Rob Wing

Eataly Magazine is pleased to introduce you to Rob Wing, Eataly Chicago's Executive Chef!

At Eataly, we are proud to work with world-class chefs, who transform simple, high-quality ingredients into the delicious dishes in our restaurants. We want you to get to know the people behind the food, so we are presenting them via our series “Meet the Chef.”

When did you know you wanted to be a chef?
When I was in high school, I got a job making pizzas on the weekends at this small restaurant in Michigan. It was there I got my first taste of being a cook and realized how much fun it is. It was only after I went to cooking school that I really started to learn about food and saw being a chef as a way to always continue to learn and do something I enjoyed.

Did you train at an institute?
I went to Schoolcraft College outside of Detroit.

Tell us about your past professional experience.
I worked for the Ritz-Carlton in Detroit for four years as a sous chef. Next, I moved to Las Vegas, where I started as a cook and worked my way up to sous chef for Joel Robuchon at the Mansion in the MGM Grand. After two years, I moved to Bhutan to work for a luxury resort company called Amanresorts and stayed there for four years. Then, I moved to Laos for an executive chef position with the same company. I stayed there for two years, before moving to Chicago and taking the position of sous chef at Baffo. I was named executive chef of Eataly Chicago in September (2015).

What is your specialty Italian dish?
I love working with fish: it’s so versatile and pairs well with a lot of great flavors.

What ingredients are you craving the most right now?
Corn and heirloom tomatoes because it will mean that summer is officially (and finally) here.

Do you have any quirks that your team teases you about?
I always forget where I leave my glass of water, so people find my cups of water all around the store.

If you weren’t a chef, what profession would you have?
I would love to be a professional fisherman.

Tell us a behind-the-counter secret about Eataly!
A little mystery never hurt anyone!

Rob Wing

Piacere di conoscerti, Chef Wing: nice to meet you!