Welcome to a new Eater feature called Where Chefs Eat. We want to know where the men and women of San Diego restaurant kitchens go to feed on their all-too-rare days off. Where do they choose to spend their hard-earned pay and what do they crave?
We're kicking things off with Ryan Johnston, executive chef and partner of Whisknladle and the Prepkitchen restaurants. Born in South Florida, Johnston's an alum of the Culinary Institute of America with over 15 years of restaurant experience, including time spent in the kitchen of Thomas Keller's Bouchon in the Napa Valley area.
Whisknladle Hospitality owner Arturo Kassel says, "Working with Ryan has been a true privilege. His passion and dedication to his craft and this company are bar-none and his food is undeniably great. I consider myself lucky to call him a partner and friend."
It's Johnston's 40th birthday today (hope you have a good one, chef!), so if you see him out tonight at one of these spots, wish him well, won't you?
· Whisknladle Hospitality [Official Site]