Josh Bushnick

Josh Bushnick

United States

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Joshua Bushnick – Executive Chef
Josh Bushnick brings over 25 years of experience in the service industry to The Links Taproom and Schoolyard Tavern team. He started young with a role in the restaurant business at 10 years old and ever since Chef Bushnick has excelled at roles within each front- and back-of-house restaurant positions.

After working for the nearly 20 years in front-of-house positions for such well-known establishments as KDK, 3-Headed Productions, Brinker International, and Lettuce Entertain You, he found his inspiration in cooking. Chef Bushnick graduated top of his class from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago in 2009, having found a renewed passion for the industry on the other side of the swinging door.

Chef Bushnick has held positions as a lead butcher for Jewell Events and Catering, sous chef under Chef Chris Curran of the Shady Lady, under Chef John McLaine of Sono Woodfired, and under Chef Benjamin Brittsan at Benjamin, all in Chicago. Chef Bushnick also spent 2 years as Executive Chef of Himmel Haus in South Lake Tahoe, California. Since returning to his home town of Chicago in June of 2014 Chef Bushnick took over the kitchen at Rodan where he helmed the kitchen for 1 year. Chef Bushnick has always contributed substantially to the bottom line. At other points in his career, Chef Bushnick has worked as a personal chef, a private bar and restaurant consultant to round out his experience. Chef Bushnick as also competed on the Food Networks Guy’s Grocery Games(episode Marshmallow Madness) and Cutthroat Kitchen(episode The one with William Shatner).

Josh is a heavy supporter of the farm to fork movement, and believes in using only the freshest, most sustainably-grown and highest quality ingredients in the food he cooks. As Executive Chef at Links Taproom and Schoolyard Tavern, his creativity and dedication to traditional technique combined with new world experience will allow his cuisine to shine.

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