Humanizing Chefs: Drew Rath

Cincinnati Chefs
2 min readJan 9, 2024

Name — Drew Rath

Where do you Cook? — Tuba Baking Co

Where are you from originally? — California, Ky/Alexandria, Ky

Favorite Food(s) — Injera & Misir Wot, Mussels of any kind, Boiled Peanuts, Cabbage, Pomme Frites, etc.

Favorite Chef(s) — Frederic Maniet, Jackson Rouse, Gary Leybman

Favorite Cincy Restaurant(s) (Past or Present) — Virgils, Fond, Beards & Bellies, Nine Giant, Katharina’s

Favorite Food Memory or Meal — Being around my Great Grandma while she killed one of her hens and then she prepared it for fried chicken on a Sunday morning that I stayed back from church with her.

I first knew I wanted to be a chef when — Reading Kitchen Confidential

If I weren’t a chef, I would be — Recording music, or working in acoustical treatment and design.

My first job was — County Market in Alexandria, pushing in carts and cleaning up spills and toilets.

Why I love my job, in three words — Eating, Independence, and learning.

If I could have dinner with anyone, past or present, it would be — My great great great great Grandfather, Andreas Rath.

My favorite book is — anything by Dann Woellert

Favorite thing to cook after a busy service — Roasted potatoes and onions.

Favorite Movie(s) — Wall-E

Favorite TV show(s) — Hunter x Hunter

Favorite Song(s) — as of right now, I am loving “Slope” by corto.alto and “Behind the Mask” by Asynchrone.

Favorite Band or Musician — I have a lot so ill go with what ive been digging on lately: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Celine Gillain, Elephant Gym, Freddie Gibbs, and Los Piranas.

Favorite Place to travel — So far, Germany.

Favorite Hobby(s) — I don’t have time, but want to learn how to unicycle better.

Favorite Quote — “Always chew on your pretzels before you swallow.” -George W. Bush

Biggest pet peeve — Laziness.

Your motivational quote for other cooks/chefs — Stay positive, don’t let egos drag you down.

My advice to future culinary pros- Go to Therapy.

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