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The Scoop: Ernesto’s Wine Bar hires new exec chef

April 15th 12:04pm, 2011

041511_ernestosChef Ryan Sexton has been hired to serve as the new executive chef at Ernesto’s Wine Bar. Tom Revie, owner of the Benton Park wine bar and restaurant, has been looking for an exec since chef Cassy Vires left the position last November. Revie told The Scoop that Vires had hired Sexton on a part-time basis to work brunch at Ernesto’s when the restaurant opened in October 2009.

Sexton, who earned his culinary degree at the Kendall College in Chicago, worked as sous chef at a few Chicago restaurants including The Pritzker Club and Sangria Restaurant and Tapas Bar. Though he was trained in classic French cuisine, his interests reach over into Spanish and Italian cooking and he’s passionate about working with local ingredients. Here in St. Louis, Sexton was a member of the team that opened Cielo, the restaurant atop the Four Seasons Hotel downtown, and he most recently served as sous chef at Frazer’s Restaurant and Lounge.

First on Sexton’s list: preparing new items for Ernesto’s spring and summer menus. Look for a new menu on the restaurant’s Web site and at its Hawaiian-themed patio opening event on June 4.

By Stacy Schultz

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