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Bringing your culinary dreams to life.

Russell Dougherty (RD) Culinary partners with those in or entering the culinary industry to develop, refine, and/or implement strategies to increase profitability and long-term success. RD Culinary also offers custom catering, private dinners, and pop-ups. As a well-known chef with a strong background in mathematics, operations, management, and start-ups, Russell Dougherty and his team provide a myriad of services to partner with individuals and entities to make their vision a reality.


From building a business plan to solidifying your restaurant's vision, we've got you covered.


Whether you are looking to design a new menu/revise an existing one or if you are seeking kitchen design help, look no further.


We've got your back on all things operations: budget development, systems development, staffing, purchasing needs, and more.


Let us take the lead on planning, staffing, and executing your next event.

About Russell

Chef Russell Dougherty has over 15 years of experience as executive chef, chef de cuisine, and consulting chef with experience in restaurants in Austin and New York City, from casual to fine dining, and has been led the opening and rebranding of multiple successful culinary projects and ventures. 

Client Testimonials

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"Russell was instrumental in creating our vision of bringing fine dining to a bar atmosphere. He helped us bring in staff and purveyors to set us up for success for years to come. His creations are still our best-selling items. He has, without question, put us on the map of best bar food in Austin. We (and our customers) will always be grateful."

Mike Sanchez
Co-owner, The Little Darlin'
Austin, TX


"Russell and I teamed up on the opening of the Nitehawk Theater in WIlliamsburg, BK in 2011. He brought extensive experience in the culinary field and a deep understanding of the cultural landscape of Brooklyn. Russell spearheaded menu creation, documented SOPs for back of the house, employee training, and additionally directed the line during service. Russell has a keen analytical mind and a wicked work ethic backed by a straightforward and patient management style. Russell made a large NYC opening happen on time and with minimal drama. Russell's got the tools and knows how to use them!

Chef Saul Bolton,
Michelin Starred Chef
Brooklyn, NY

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"I highly recommend Chef Dougherty for all or any of your culinary needs. With Russell, you are getting 5 Star talent with an impeccable resume. The knowledge and communication skills this chef brings to the table are second to none. His abilities range across every spectrum of cuisine. Having had the privilege of working with this chef, I can personally attest to his commitment to professionalism on every level."

Chris Barry
Co-Founder/Executive Chef, Modern Blue


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