The cause of breaking the dominance of chain restaurants in CityCentre suffered a blow on Thursday when Italian restaurant Radio Milano announced that executive chef Jose Hernandez had resigned only a year after opening. In a statement, Radio Milano said Hernandez departed to "focus on personal endeavors and family" and that it "wishes him profound success in his future ventures."
After stints at Triniti, Etoile and Philippe, diners knew that Hernandez could deliver high-quality French cuisine, but Radio Milano demonstrated his flair for Italian cooking, too. The chef's handmade pastas and carefully constructed small plates helped the restaurant emerge as one of the Energy Corridor's most intriguing dining experiences. He earned a CultureMap Tastemakers Chef of the Year nomination for his work at the restaurant, and Radio Milano was a Best New Restaurant nominee, too.
While the search is already underway for Hernandez's replacement, his shoes will be hard to fill. Wherever Hernandez lands, expect buzz to follow. His cooking always attracts a crowd.