Robert Wiedmaier, Executive Chef and CEO of RW
Restaurant Group, counts himself fortunate to be surrounded in his
growing enterprise by a strong team he regards as family. His
Corporate Chef and Partner, Brian McBride, supervises all kitchen
operations and menu development, with a focus on all locations of
Mussel Bar & Grille. CPA and Partner, Joe Lively, rounds-out
the team with 40-plus years of accounting expertise and co-owner of
multiple private businesses including a Bethesda restaurant/bar.
The expansion of the restaurant group, and ongoing efforts to grow
and improve the business model, led the partners to form Sugar
Toads Restaurant Consulting, to assist others in achieving the
fullest possibilities of restaurant development.
Robert Wiedmaier has been the recipient of numerous
awards throughout his career, is a favorite of critics, and is
frequently honored in the press. It was no surprise when he was
named "Chef of the Year" by the Restaurant Association of
Metropolitan Washington in 2009. Inducted in Brussels into the
Knighthood of the Brewers Mashstaff in the summer of 2012, and
later tapped by the U.S. State Department to participate in its
Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative with the James Beard
Foundation, Wiedmaier can now add "Knight" and "Chef-Ambassador" to
his impressive Curriculum Vitae.