Chefs to Watch 2016: Ryan McCaskey, Acadia, Chicago

Liz Grossman

The culinary success of Ryan McCaskey comes down, in part, to some well-coordinated smuggling. The Saigon-born, Chicago-raised chef/owner of the two-Michelin-starred Acadia regularly raises both eyebrows and nostrils when he tries to sneak Grateful Dead-sticker-emblazoned wheeled coolers filled with 80 pounds of lobster or foie gras past the TSA. “I get flagged like you wouldn’t believe, but I’m used to it by now,” he says, recalling a recent successful transport...