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Tenured Wichita chef is hanging up his apron

Chef Jeremy Wade competes in Tuesday night’s Celebrity Chef Cookoff. He’s about to work his last shift at Siena Tuscan Steakhouse.
Chef Jeremy Wade competes in Tuesday night’s Celebrity Chef Cookoff. He’s about to work his last shift at Siena Tuscan Steakhouse. The Wichita Eagle

One of Wichita’s most well-known, tenured chefs is hanging up his apron.

Chef Jeremy Wade will work his last shift at Siena Tuscan Steakhouse this weekend. He’s leaving to take a job as a territory manager with Seattle Fish Co., a Denver-based seafood distributor. He’ll be the sales representative for restaurants and businesses in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Wichita.

Wade, who took over as executive chef at the Ambassador’s Siena Tuscan Steakhouse in March 2015, said he’s ready for a more family-friendly job. He has a 5-month-old son, and a chef’s life requires lots of night and weekend work.

“I need a break,” he said. “I’ve been doing it a long time.”

Wade has been a well-respected chef in Wichita for years. His resume includes stints at The Candle Club, Lakeside Club, Uptown Bistro, Cibola and Ya Ya’s Eurobistro. He also had a catering company and helped Meddy’s owner Alex Harb develop and launch the menu there.

Wade’s replacement has already started at Siena. Josh Rathbun, son of local attorney Randy Rathbun and a former head butcher at Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, is taking over as executive chef. He had been working in restaurants in Denver.

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