My name is Zachery Moy and it has come to my attention that Chef Ryan McCaskey has been negatively featured on Chicago Eater. I was a stage (intern) from roughly September 2014-June 2016. I usually came in on Fridays to enhance my cooking skills. There's a stereotype in this industry that chefs will scream at you for not performing up to task. I have NEVER seen him yell at anybody. PERIOD.
At the moment I am in school to better enhance my earnings. The last time I worked in the food industry was May 2018. I am very busy and it’s disheartening to see a talented chef and mentor get negative coverage in the press.
I will put to rest the allegation that “he encouraged liberal drug use” as outrageous and I have never heard of Ryan discussing putting drugs in any food. When Chef got his second Michelin star everyone in the restaurant was given a glass of champagne to toast, and as someone who doesn’t drink alcohol Ryan never pressured me to drink.
I only have nice things to say about Chef Ryan. I have never formally been trained to cook and Chef graciously welcomed me in his restaurant. No Ryan didn’t pay me to write this or ask me to, I just didn’t want to see my mentor get unfairly shamed by the public, ruining his reputation. I also want to emphasize this isn't to discount the experience of others. I learned a lot about high end dining and grew as a person as well. Thank you Chef.