Story #030 - Alex Rubenic
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GUEST’S NAME: Alex Rubenic

CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, FL

BIO: Chef Alex Rubenic, a native of the western suburb of Chicago, was gripped by the desire of the hospitality industry in early 2007. As a former cadet Captain in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Chef Alex’s aspirations had always been to pursue a career in the U.S. Air Force. After his second year of AFROTC with Det.195 he felt a change in his passion.

After taking some time to reassess, the hospitality industry had won him over. That began a 12-year journey spanning culinary school, international internship, and then fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a Chef in his hometown of Chicago. 

Chef Alex is currently the Chef de Cuisine of Hops and Curds (, a Chicago Gastropub in Lincoln Park, Illinois.

Social Media:

Personal Instagram/ Twitter - @arubenic 

Business/ Restaurant - @hopsandcurds

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