Hai Hospitality today announced the appointment of D/FW native Rhonda McCullar to Chef de Cuisine of Uchi Dallas and upstairs concept Uchibā, effective immediately. Chef McCullar, known for being a vegetarian who creates protein dishes with the skill and deftness of her meat-consuming culinary counterparts, now leads the kitchens of both Uchi and Uchibā in Dallas.
“Rhonda has steadily risen through the ranks at Uchi since she came on board as a stage in 2015, surpassing expectations in every new role she has assumed,” commented Founding Chef and Partner Tyson Cole. “Her compassion and leadership skills are matched only by her talent. I am looking forward to seeing great things from Rhonda in this new role.”
Uchibā’s Uncommon Ramen, the monthly series celebrating innovative collaborations with Uchibā’s Chef Rhonda McCullar and renowned chefs from around the country, announced today their secured lineup of collaborations well into 2022. Since launching in 2017, the Uncommon Ramen series has boasted such celebrated chefs as Tommy Lee, Chris Shepherd, Aaron Franklin, and Tyson Cole, among others. Most recently, the concept featured a bowl made in conjunction with Top Chef Winner, Chef Hung Huynh of Guy Savoy, Bocuse d’Or, and CATCH.
Uchibā’s Uncommon Ramen, the monthly series celebrating innovative collaborations with Uchibā’s Executive Sous Chef Rhonda McCullar and renowned chefs from around the country, features the ingenuity of Chef Hung Huyn for its June release. Since launching in 2017, the Uncommon Ramen series has boasted such celebrated chefs as Tommy Lee, Chris Shepherd, Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole, among others.
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Hung Huyn began his craft at an early age, working in his family’s Asian restaurant in Massachusetts at the age of 10. Forgoing culinary school due to the cost, he took a job in Puerto Rico that led to securing a position at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Juan which funded his education at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA.)
The April installments of Uchiba’s Uncommon Ramen Revisited, a take on Uchiba’s regular series featuring innovative collaborations with renowned chefs from around the country. Uncommon Ramen series has featured such celebrated chefs as Tommy Lee, Chris Shepherd, Tyson Cole, among others. In the “revisited” series, the Uchiba team will be bringing back some of the favorites from past years.
Uchiba will be collaborating with Chef Aaron Franklin in honor of National Ramen Noodle Day for a two-day special and with Chef Justin Holt where a portion of the proceeds from the month will go to support Justin and his partner through this time.
Uncommon Ramen Curbside, the popular chef collaboration series launches as a curbside offering. Every Month, Mondays only, Uchibā will have available on the
curbside menu a ramen dish from a past Uncommon Ramen Series collaboration, as well as a standing vegetarian option. Uncommon Ramen, which launched in 2017 as a monthly pop-up event, has featured memorable ramen dishes created by renowned chefs from around the country in collaboration with Chef de Cuisine Alex Astranti. The schedule of ramen dishes now available as a Mondays-only curbside option and rotating each month includes: