Executive Chef and Partner, Pacific Standard Time
Erling Wu-Bower’s focus and intensity have driven him to creative heights as the Executive Chef of Chicago’s Pacific Standard Time, as well as the opening Chef de Cuisine of Nico Osteria.
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in philosophy, Erling began his culinary career learning from and working alongside Chef Paul Kahan and spent more than a decade rising through the ranks of One Off Hospitality Group at avec, The Publican and Publican Quality Meats.
In 2017, Wu-Bower founded Underscore Hospitality, along with longtime colleague Joshua Tilden. In partnership with One Off Hospitality Group’s Paul Kahan, Terry Alexander and Donnie Madia, the Underscore duo opened Pacific Standard Time, a market-obsessed, hearth-driven restaurant with West Coast soul, in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in May 2018.
Some of Chef Wu-Bower’s accolades include:
- 2015 James Beard Foundation finalist “Best Chef: Great Lakes”
- 2016 James Beard Foundation finalist “Best Chef: Great Lakes”
- 2017 James Beard Foundation finalist “Best Chef: Great Lakes”
- 2019 James Beard Foundation Winner for “Best Restaurant Design (76 seats and over)” for Pacific Standard Time
- Private Events
- Speaking Engagements
- Restaurant Buyouts
- Cooking Demos
- Recipe Development