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Local Chef Ranked Among Best

A local chef has been placed in the top one percent of chefs cooking in the nation.
A local chef has been placed in the top one percent of chefs cooking in the nation. 

"Honestly, growing up I was the pickiest eater in the world. My parents will attest to that. I didn't eat anything green so me becoming a chef was the most ironic thing in the world," Gino Ruggiero said.

Chef Gino Ruggiero knows the recipe for success. The head chef of 2Vine was named to Best Chef America's list of top chefs.

"Honestly, I kind of stay away from attention. It's great. The recognition is fun. My whole family and friends are having a good time with it," he said.

Customers are doing the same.

"It is a tremendous honor for Rochester. We are just so proud," Susan Basu said.

The Rochester native says he owes it all to the strong Italian women in his life. 

"As I got older, I just kind of paid attention to what my mom and my aunts and what my grandmother was doing. I kind of went along with my culture, with my Italian heritage," he said.

His favorite restaurant growing up was not what you would expect.

"My grandmother's house on Glide Street. That was honestly the best place," he said.

Working now at 2Vine for the past 12 years. Gino says his favorite things to cook are seafood and homemade pasta. But every customer has their own taste. 

"We just relocated from Manhattan and the food here is comparable to any place in New York," Matthew Wollschleger said.

"We have a few dishes on the menu here that will never come off. The police will come and arrest me if we take them off, like our chicken cutlet and our steak frite and our muscles," Ruggiero said.

At the end of the day, Gino says it is not about the recognition or recent honor. It is all about the cuisine. 

"Honestly to see a plate come back in the kitchen that is empty, there is not a drip of sauce or nothing on it. That's better than any award in the world," he said.
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