Erling Wu-Bower’s focus and intensity have driven him to creative heights as the Executive Chef of the forthcoming restaurant Pacific Standard Time, as well as the opening Chef de Cuisine of Nico Osteria, where his leadership in the kitchen established him as a 2015, 2016 and 2017 James Beard Foundation “Best Chef: Great Lakes” finalist. 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 unveiled Pacific Standard Time – a market-obsessed, hearth-driven restaurant with West Coast soul – in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in April 2018. After just three months in business, Pacific Standard Time was honored as one of Eater’s 18 Best New Restaurants in the United States for 2018. When he isn’t at the restaurant, Erling enjoys golfing and spending time with his partner, Kimberly, and their son, Maxwell.