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the team



Executive Chef

Sebastián is a renowned Argentine chef with Italian roots and a nomadic heart, currently ranked by the Miami Times as one of the 50 most influential Latin chefs in the world, among many other accolades. He is also the Chef/Owner of the Eat Gastro Group which includes four distinct restaurants in Costa Rica including Botaniko, a live fire restaurant. In 2021, Botaniko was ranked 50 Best Discovery by S Pellegrino.

Executive Chef Sebastian La Rocca


Director of Restaurants

CJ’s Nigerian and Canadian roots helped build his passion for people, culture and hospitality. Most recently, CJ served as a Director of Operations for Luxe23, the opening General Manager of Goodale Station, Food and Beverage Manager of Canopy by Hilton and General Manager of Forno Kitchen and Bar. In his free time, CJ enjoys time with his wife and his two dogs, fitness training, attending sporting events and traveling.

CJ Amadi, Director of Restaurants

rustun nichols

Beverage Director

Rustun comes to us via Brooklyn and Seattle. A relative newcomer to the Midwest, he brings 20+ years of hospitality experience. Most recently, Rustun served as the Beverage Director at Spring Studios, The Wythe Hotel, Our/New York Distillery and The AC Hotel in Columbus. While not mixing up new ideas for the bar or designing wine menus, Rustun enjoys time with his wife and daughter, a hard-fought pro-wrestling match, a daytime baseball game and bowl of Cincinnati Chili.

Rustun Nichols, Beverage Director

Ian Schneid

Senior Food and Beverage Manager

Ian joins us with over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Most recently, Ian was the Beverage Director at Hen Quarter in Bridge Park. Ian has a true passion for hospitality and is focused on the guest experience. He loves to create a unique and memorable visit.

Ian Schneid, Senior Food & Beverage Manager

Kalyeb gordOn

Senior Sous Chef

Kalyeb grew up in a Caribbean household and his passion for cooking began at a young age. Kalyeb's favorite cuisines are Japanese, French and food from his native country, Trinidad & Tobago,

In his free time, Kalyeb enjoys playing basketball, football, dining out and DC comics,

Kalyeb Gordon, Senior Sous Chef
Team photo on New Year's Eve at FYR Short North

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