The Restaurateur: Phil Winser
A UK import, Phil Winser has certainly brought his fair share of Anglomania to the Big Apple. And not just the epicurean kind — Winser, who had worked for two of London's most prestigious catering and events companies, made the cross-Atlantic voyage back in 2008 and promptly set up his own creative shop, Silkstone, which has ascended the ranks to become one of our city's top-tier firms. Next came the foodie buzz — two years ago Winser, with partner Ben Towill, brought seasonal fare to the L.E.S. with The Fat Radish, along with a large helping of It Brits, fashion editors, and the Montauk crowd. Makes sense, then, that Winser's next adventure was designing the restaurant at MTK's haute hipster hangout, Ruschmeyer's. While Winser remains mum and mysterious on his next move (all he divulged is that "it will be ready in the fall"), we assume it will contain all the ingredients of his success: "We make vegetables and grains the focus of the dish," Winser told us, highlighting what sets him apart from the flavor fads of the month. Oh, and if you were curious, his favorite dish is the Fat Radish's vegetable plate.
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