MRH chef retires to start wider school nutrition program


Chef Robert Rusan has retired from the Maplewood Richmond Heights kitchen with a plan to continue to work with students, while opening a restaurant.Rusan posted on Facebook:

Today was one of the most bittersweet moments in my life. I retired from Maplewood Richmond Heights school district. What an amazing experience I am so thankful and grateful for the district for giving me this great opportunity. It has truly help me to develop into the chef that I am today. As I stated to my staff, teachers, support staff, students and parents if I can take the love that I received through my time at MRH and share it with the world Oh what a HAPPY JOYOUS place it would be.

Rusan said on his Facebook page that he and a partner are starting a program called RUFFS (Rural Urban Farms For School): seed-to-table and farm-to-school training for youths in neighboring districts. It’s also a newly-opened restaurant called Ruffs, at 8100 Page Avenue, which will also include catering services.


  1. Chef Robert is a gentleman and a scholar; he knew all of the students, instilled respect, and was the epitome of joy and good will. He will be missed at MRH by everybody.

  2. Chef Robert will be sorely missed.
    The love he receives is equal to the love he continually gives.
    Ho’omaika’i ‘ana, Chef Robert!
    Best to your new venture!

Comments are closed.