Robert Temple is the new Executive Chef at The Exchange pub + kitchen.


The release speaks for itself. All the best to Ian and the gang as the transition moves forward.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ian Hall
Tel.: 812.948.6501
The Exchange pub + kitchen appoints new Executive Chef

New Albany, IN (September 17, 2013) The Exchange pub + kitchen is proud to announce the appointment of Robert Temple as their new Executive Chef. Temple has been with The Exchange pub + kitchen since April of this year in the role of Chef de Cuisine.

“Chef Temple is a vibrant chef whose focus of giving his guests a high quality dining experience in a relaxed and casual atmosphere makes him the perfect fit for our restaurant. Robert has been the acting interim chef over the last 6 weeks while we evaluated our team during this transition. He has really stepped up over the last few months and elevated our kitchen and the team to the next level, not only from a culinary standpoint but also in a leadership role. It is important to me that we build our team from within and give our staff the opportunity to grow with us. I know I can speak for Robert when I say he is extremely excited to take the reigns in the kitchen at The Exchange pub + kitchen, “ says Owner, Ian Hall. “ We will continue to provide our guests a high quality dining experience that many have come to know over course of the last 3 years and continue to push the envelope everyday to improve. I couldn’t be more confident about the direction we are heading with Robert and our team.”

Temple’s culinary endeavors began long before his first restaurant job. Hailing from a large Sicilian and German family, Rob fondly recalls eating shellfish at age four, and was frequently cooking dinner for his family by age seven. It was while pursuing a degree in Enviromental Science and working as a chef at Reata in Aline, Texas-along with the inspiration of chef Thomas Keller-that Temple was exposed to a higher level of cooking. He realized that cooking could be much more than just a hobby. Combining his interest in cooking, agriculture, and science, Temple discovered cooking to be the perfect marriage of science and craft.

When making the decision to pursue the craft of cooking as a career, he chose to pursue a more detailed knowledge of ingredients in lieu of culinary school. Temple worked in management for Whole Foods Market, overeeing the seafood and specialty departments. This role allowed Temple the opportunity to develop close relationships with products and purveyors, while remaining focused on the environment’s role in our food culture. In addition to a wide variety of seafood, he gained extensive experience with cheese, charcuterie, coffee, beer, and wine.

Returning home to Louisville, Temple applied this wealth of product knowledge to his cooking career. In 2007, Temple landed a chance to work in the kitchen at Proof on Main with chef Michael Paley. As sous chef, Temple was given the opportunity to utilize local ingredients to create dishes with simple but elegant flavor, and focus his passions for braising, smoking, and curing meats in Proof’s charcuterie program. After spending years in Proof’s kitchen, Temple later joined Tyler Morris and Michael Trager-Kusman to open Rye on Market. In addition to developing the charcuterie program and overseeing production, Temple cultivated his skills in butchery through a series of whole animal dinners at Rye.

Earlier this year, Rob was asked to join restaurateur Ian Hall’s team at The Exchange pub + kitchen in New Albany. Having previously worked with Hall at Proof on Main, Rob was eager to join his new project. As executive chef, Rob embraces an approach to cooking that blends his interpretations of Italian, Native American, and New Mexican cuisines into progressive comfort food. When not in the kitchen, Rob (and his weakness for tacos) can be found spending time with his wife and two young daughters-who tell people he is a pirate.

Recognized as the premier dining venue for outstanding cuisine since it opened in 2011, The Exchange pub + kitchen restaurant has received numerous local and regional acclaim. Located in historic downtown New Albany, the timeless design, 20 foot soaring ceilings with steel beam trusses, top-notch service are just a few notables that continue to give guests a wonderful dining experience. The Exchange pub + kitchen is the perfect setting for intimate and grand dining affairs, business outings, and all your special dining needs.

For more information about The Exchange pub + kitchen, please vistit our website at, or contact us at (812) 948.6501.