Chef Jimmy Gibson of Jimmy G’s
Adapted from Jimmy G’s website
Adapted by Adhrucia Apana
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Ever since Jimmy G’s opened its doors there has been nothing but rave reviews about quality of grub Chef Jimmy Gibson has been serving up to local foodies. A former Food Network competitor in such series as Ready, Set, Cook (a 30-minute version of Iron Chef, 2000) & an Executive Chef for approximately the last 30 years, Gibson has amassed a loyal fan base that stretches beyond just the tri-state area.
Jimmy Gibson was born in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, but first relocated to Cincinnati from Dayton in the mid 80′s and became the Executive Chef of a then popular downtown restaurant called The Phoenix. At that time, The Phoenix garnered national attention being named one of the “Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire Magazine. After a little over a year, he left to start Ciao Baby Restaurant Group, with sites in Harper’s Point (Cincinnati) and Washington, D.C. Gibson traveled to the latter to work as Executive Chef for two years, before moving on to Executive Chef at Dolce – one of the top Italian restaurants in New York City in the early 90s. He returned to Cincinnati to open Jeff Ruby’s Spazzi Italian restaurant on the upper level of the Waterfront and was Executive Chef there for over a year.
During his second year at the Waterfront Gibson decided to help with a new project called Plaza 600 at the Aronoff Center (now home of Nada) and joined the team as Executive Chef. Gibson’s work at Plaza very quickly garnered acclaim from local food critics and fans. The Enquirer’s food critic at the time, Chuck Martin, called it the first “cool, modern, big-city restaurant in Cincinnati”. Having achieved a name in Cincinnati, Gibson decided it was time for a change and headed to Naples, Florida to help open a new venue with a friend and to do some consulting work for Chef Normand Van Aken in neighboring Miami.
Upon his return to Cincinnati, Gibson rejoined the team at Jeff Ruby’s to transform Waterfront to the South Beach Grill. He was there for several years as the Executive Chef before being promoted to the Corporate Chef for Jeff Ruby’s Culinary Entertainment. Respected restaurant and food writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Polly Campbell (check out her blog) gave the South Beach Grill “5 out of 5 stars” – a rating that was rarely given to restaurants in Cincinnati during that period. Gibson left Ruby’s to revitalize the former Red restaurant in Hyde Park Square. Currently Gibson serves as the Executive Chef of Jimmy G’s, a restaurant named after him, which opened in December of 2011 and serves up unique and modern fine dining cuisine. Additionally, Gibson is also responsible for having created the Quality BarGrub (QBG) menu at FB’s, at 126 W. 6th Street.
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