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Like/dislike: Jared Rhine, City Cafe executive chef
In his senior year of high school, Jared Rhine took his first full time job at a restaurant — the family-run Italian restaurant Rillo's in Carlisle, Pa. He started as a busboy, did food preparation and washed dishes before eventually moving to the back of the house as a cook. "I loved it so much; I've never looked back." Now, the Butchers Hill resident, 31, is going into his sixth month as executive chef at Mount Vernon's City Cafe. Rhine has been busy preparing some new items on his menu for Baltimore Restaurant week (Friday through Aug. 5). Some of the dishes in the works: cast iron quinoa cakes and day boat sea scallops (oh, and a fried banana split for dessert). Rhine takes off his chef hat for a bit to talk to b about his Pandora playlists and reality TV.
By Jaclyn Peiser
July 24, 2012