Chef Kevin Hickey of The Duck Inn in Chicago and the Rockit Ranch Restaurant Group Make a Big Announcement

Chef Kevin Hickey of The Duck Inn in Chicago and the Rockit Ranch Restaurant Group Make a Big Announcement

Two of Chicago's most beloved restaurateurs have decided to part ways. But don't worry it's on good terms! 

Chef Kevin Hickey, the culinary mastermind behind The Duck Inn will no longer be in partnership with Billy Dec's Rockit Ranch Productions, a Chi town restaurant group that operates the popular restaurants including–Sunda, Bottlefork and the Underground. 

Brandon Phillips, Hickey's business business and bartender will remain at The Duck Inn and will no longer be a Rockit Ranch mixologist. 

Last Friday, Hickey made the announcement through a letter that was circulated by the PR firm Kinship.

The decision for Hickey to go off on his own was mutual and he assured that the restaurateurs will always remain friends. 

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Homaro Cantu: A Driving Force of Innovation in the Culinary World

Homaro Cantu: A Driving Force of Innovation in the Culinary World

Editor’s Note: Despite the sudden unfortunate events, Foodable has decided to move forward in sharing this Homaro Cantu piece with you. Foodable’s Chicago contributor, Suzanne Deveney, sat down with Cantu in March for this interview, in which he tells his story. Those who knew him were aware of his creative genius. Cantu’s innovative spirit will forever live on in the culinary world, and our thoughts are with his friends and family during this difficult time.

 

By Suzanne Deveney, Foodable Contributor

Search the web for Chef Homaro Cantu, and the word “inventor” appears first under his photo. A bit unusual for a world-renowned chef, but after speaking with Cantu, it actually makes perfect sense.

Cantu was perhaps most recognized as the Executive Chef and creative force behind Chicago’s highly acclaimed restaurant, Moto. Drawing on his science and food background, Cantu introduced the concept of molecular gastronomy to diners, providing a multi-sensory dining experience unlike anything they had before. 

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