MEET OUR TEAM
Chris Raucci, Owner & Executive Chef.
Chef Chris received his culinary training at Johnson & Wales University, graduating magna cum laude, and began his professional career in Atlanta at the award-winning, four-star City Grill. He served as Executive Chef at Killer Creek Chop House, his family’s popular Italian Restaurant, Raucci’s, in Charlotte, and operated a highly successful personal chef business in Seaside, Florida. In 2003, he joined Ted’s Montana Grill as Corporate Executive Chef where he oversaw all culinary training, research and development, special events, new restaurant openings, and innovation of new menu items. Chef Chris has shared his passion and creativity with many dignitaries and friends over the years. When not at work, Chris is cooking with friends – usually with a small batch bourbon in hand.
Victoria Rothberg, Owner & General Manager.
Victoria started her hospitality career in high school in Denver, Colorado at Cucina Colore. She then attended New York University and, in addition to her studies, she worked in various capacities for B.R. Guest Restaurants. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from NYU, she accepted a role with Hillstone Restaurant Group. During her time there, she worked as a General Manager at many locations in multiple cities. In 2013, Victoria left Hillstone to join Ted’s Montana Grill in Atlanta, where she ultimately held the role of Director of Operations. Victoria is a lover of all food, hospitality, and beverage, and enjoys eating out with friends as much as she does working in the restaurant and serving her guests.
After opening multiple Ted’s Montana Grills together and sharing a passion for all aspects of the restaurant industry, in 2014 Chef Chris and Victoria decided to partner up to realize their dreams. They traveled to a few cities deciding where to land their concept, and both fell in love with Nashville. After scouting for a few years, developing their concept, and testing menu items, the Sylvan Park location became available and they jumped at the opportunity to serve the surrounding community. Following a complete build-out and hiring and training of an opening team, answer. opened in April 2017. Chris and Victoria truly are best friends as well as focused restaurant leaders, and they look forward to meeting you soon at answer.
Marcus Rhodes, Sous Chef.
Marcus Rhodes is originally from Memphis, TN and his passion for cooking came from watching his mother cook Sunday Suppers. After working his way up in various different kitchens, he accepted the role of Executive Chef at Fisk University in 2008. Wanting to continue learning about food, Marcus left to join the Capitol Grille as Sous Chef. Marcus was on the opening team for both Josephine as Sous Chef and Burger Up East as Executive Chef. He met Chris and Victoria just by chance, and has grown into a loyal and intracule part of their team. Marcus is the proud father of three boys and in his free time, he enjoys fishing, cooking at home, and spending time with friends and family.
Kayla Sigountos, Bar Manager.
Kayla Sigountos is a Florida native who moved to Nashville in 2011 to pursue her passion for craft cocktails and the restaurant industry. She found herself at Flip Burger Boutique and settled in as the head bartender. It is there where she met Chris and Victoria and became the first member of the team at answer. Currently, Kayla is also a full time student and enjoys spending her free time with her fur child Tobias or plotting her next travel adventure.
Front of House Team
Abby Darby **
Ebonique Patton **
Shannon Kelly *
Mark Loflin *
Kelsey Moore *
Alex Hood **
John Simpler **
Freddie Cadenas *
On the Opening Team
*years at answer