Behind the Scenes: Learn About Chef Bobby Tessler and His Culinary History!

Chef Bobby Tessler

It’s an absolute fact – St. Louis Wing Company will definitely change the way you view chicken wings! That’s because Chef Bobby makes it his mission to create innovative, delicious dishes that will wow anyone, and he’s been doing that here at St. Louis Wing Co. for 5 fantastic years now!

Cooking has always been a passion of Chef Bobby, even going back as far as 20+ years ago! In fact, he started out on his culinary journey as a line cook at Ricardo’s in Lafayette Square and Sportsman’s Park in 1995 when he was a teenager. From there, he advanced to working at a golf resort in Southern Illinois at Quail Creek Country Club in 1996 for one year, where he worked under Executive Chef John Mikeworth. As his skills grew, he went on to become Head Chef at BB’s Jazz Blues & Soups downtown on Broadway – in fact, some of his original menu items are still on the menu!

Things began to really pick up for Chef Bobby when he attended culinary school at Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky in 1997. While he was in college, he was hand-selected by Olympic-winning chef instructors to become a member of the culinary competition team, which competed against other schools across the nation. This was a very big honor for Chef Bobby! In addition to this impressive feat, he worked as Chef de Cuisine at a very posh French bistro, Brasserie Dietrich. While he expanded his culinary skills, he had the honor of working with some of the most talented chefs in the City of Louisville.

As the new millennium arrived, Chef Bobby made his way back to beautiful St. Louis and became the Sous Chef at Remy’s Kitchen and Wine Bar in Clayton under Executive Chef Lisa Slay. He also made waves and took the reigns as the Executive Chef at Wildflower in the Central-West End, revamping the entire menu, composing a very extensive catering booklet, and structuring the entire operation from training cooks and servers.

Finally, Chef Bobby was able to spread his wings fully as Executive Chef at Once Upon A Vine, a restaurant in South Grand. He consistently created cutting-edge world cuisine for customers to enjoy and savor, using fresh seafood that was flown in twice each week and exotic ingredients that are not normally found on many St. Louis menus.

In 2004, things changed for Chef Bobby when he had a motorcycle accident. He took a temporary break from the restaurant life for a few years to travel and to pursue and enjoy his other passion – riding and stunt-riding motorcycles.

In 2011, Chef Bobby made history by opening the doors to the restaurant that we know and love today – St. Louis Wing Company. He wanted to focus on making excellent chicken wings like no other to knock the socks off anyone who would walk through the door. Today, he continues to wow the crowds by creating unique recipes with the freshest ingredients around.

If you haven’t stopped by and tried some of Chef Bobby’s chicken wings at St. Louis Wing Co., what are you waiting for? Come in today and see what the commotion is all about!

Why Wings? Well, Why Not?

St Louis Wing Co. wingsWhen it comes to chicken wings, you know that we take great pride in finding new, innovative recipes and flavors to give you wings like no other. Our very own Chef Bobby Tessler uses his passion for food and his culinary know-how to create unique wings that turn traditional chicken wing preparation on its head.

But why do we only do chicken wings? Simply because Chef Bobby loves ‘em.

“I could have, with just as much effort, opened a full-service, upscale restaurant if I wanted to. However, after working as a chef in those places for so many years and seeing so many ups and downs, that just didn’t appeal to me as much as it used to,” said Chef Bobby. “That’s why I focus on one of my favorite comfort foods and make it excellent and unique. I can continue playing with food. as I’ve always done while knocking the socks off customers with fun and interesting new ideas for chicken wings.”

We think Chef Bobby is doing it right. He only uses the freshest ingredients to create a recipe that is entirely fresh, unexpected, yet delicious. You can go behind the sauce and check out Chef Bobby at work in his latest video here!

Until then, if you’re looking for something new to try, come down to St. Louis Wing Company and prepare to be amazed!

Where Do We Get Our Ideas for Our Wings? Find Out Here!

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Have you ever wondered where we come up with our extraordinary flavors for our delicious wings? Wonder no more! Owner and Chef Bobby Tessler, who dreamed up St. Louis Wing Co., has been a fine dining chef his entire career and decided to come up with some cool, unexpected wing flavors. He makes it his mission to come up with creative recipes that you don’t normally see when it comes to chicken wings, and he does it by only using the freshest local ingredients.

So how does Chef Bobby come up with his ideas? His inspirations come from both customer requests and his past culinary experience. He will find interesting fruits and vegetables that are in season, glean interesting ideas that he’s seen on TV or the Internet, and recreate his own unique versions.

Oh, and if you didn’t already know, Chef Bobby likes his wings hot! He enjoys adding heat not only because it tastes good but also because many of our customers enjoy food that is spicy. He also enjoys making creative wings that stray from the traditional sense such as spinach artichoke dip turned into a wing sauce or a “Thanksgiving Dinner” on his chicken wings. Nothing is out of the realm of possibility when it comes to Chef Bobby and his wings!

If you haven’t tried St. Louis Wing Co.’s award-winning wings, what are you waiting for? Come in today to taste the difference!