Chef Robert Sisca comes to Boston by way of New York. A graduate of Johnson & Wales, he worked his way through New England and around the East Coast.
His professional travels include stints at Gracie’s in Providence and Bosun’s Bistro in Nantucket. Next he headed to his native New York, first at One if By Land, Two if By Sea and then on to Le Bernardin under renowned chef Eric Ripert. As Executive Sous Chef at Le Bernadin, Sisca was a key member of the team for four years. The restaurant, which earned the coveted Michelin Three Star award and four stars from the New York Times, was instrumental in helping him develop a keen appreciation for seasonality and quality.
“I learned from the best,” says Sisca. “My time at Le Bernardin was the best culinary experience of my life. It was like going to graduate school for cooking. Learning from Ripert on managing a kitchen, insisting on the finest quality of ingredients, performing classic technique at the highest skill was an amazing experience and opportunity.” Sisca knows that from Johnson & Wales to Eric Ripert – the #1 rule of cooking is it all starts with the ingredients. “Make sure it is fresh, and then just let the food be the superstar on the plate.”
After traveling all over Provence, painstakingly researching recipes and dishes (often eating two lunches and two dinners a day), Sisca opened Bistro du Midi at The Heritage On The Garden in December of 2009. Bringing this focus on quality to his post, he created a menu of authentic ingredient-driven Provençal-style cuisine complemented by tradition and technique.
After a two-year-long hiatus from Bistro du Midi during which he worked for Rhode Island-based G Hospitality Restaurant Group operating Garde East on Martha’s Vineyard, Sisca re-joined the team at Bistro du Midi
“I love being back in a place that was home to me for almost a decade,” said Chef Sisca. “I look forward to evolving the Bistro du Midi menu to a more French meets Coastal New England feel. From raw bar to crudos to simply cooked fish, creating seafood dishes is my passion. Having the opportunity to work and travel around the world has always given me inspiration and I enjoy incorporating those experiences into the Bistro du Midi menu.”