Doug Psaltis


Chef/Partner, RPM Italian

Chef Doug Psaltis has worked in some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens with the industries most lauded chefs from New York City to Monaco, San Francisco and now Chicago. Today, he is part of the nationally renowned Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) and has partnered with R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman to open some of the Windy City’s most sought-after restaurants including a modern Italian concept, RPM Italian; Southern barbecue spot, Bub City; a classic French bistro, Paris Club Bistro & Bar; the tiki-inspired underground lounge, Three Dots and a Dash; a lively neighborhood ramen joint, Ramen-san; and most recently, the traditional steakhouse with a modern approach, RPM Steak.

Psaltis grew up on Long Island, NY, and began his culinary career working in his grandfather’s diner at the age of 10; he eventually landed a job at Panama Hatties, one of Long Island’s most acclaimed restaurants. Psaltis caught the attention of Wayne Nish, Chef/Owner of March restaurant in Manhattan, who offered him a full-time position in the mid-1990s. Psaltis then went on to collaborate with David Bouley to open Bouley Bakery in 1999. Following that, he spent three years working under Alain Ducasse at Essex House, which earned four-stars from The New York Times in 2000. He was singled out by Ducasse and offered the opportunity to study at the chef’s three-star Michelin restaurant in Monaco, Le Louis XV. When Ducasse opened his next New York restaurant, Mix, he chose Psaltis as the chef de cuisine—it was the first time an American had been given the position in any Ducasse kitchen.

After Mix, Psaltis helped run Thomas Keller’s highly acclaimed French Laundry in Napa Valley before returning to New York to open Geoffrey Zakarian’s Country as Executive Chef. Country received a three-star review from The New York Times as well as a Michelin star in each of the years that Psaltis headed the kitchen.

In September 2005, Doubleday Broadway published Psaltis’ memoir The Seasoning of a Chef: My Journey from Diner to Ducasse and Beyond. Written with his twin brother Michael, Psaltis provides an inside look into the restaurant world and recounts what it took for him to go from his grandfather’s Greek diner in Queens, NY, to some of the country’s most esteemed kitchens.

Psaltis and his partners have several upcoming projects in the works, including the expansion of RPM Italian to Washington, D.C, which will be opening in Fall 2015.