Charles is the executive chef of PRINT. Restaurant, located in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen. Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Charles was inspired by the natural, sustainable practices prevalent in his native culture. Surrounded by fresh fruits and vegetables, self-cultivated fare wasn’t a concept but simply a way of life. The Rodriguez family raised their own livestock and as a result, foraging and a farm-to-table concept was a natural progression for Charles.
Charles attended the NYC Technical College for Hospitality Management and then continued his studies with an internship in Ising, Germany at the Hotel Gut Ising. After Charles returned to New York, he worked for Harry Cipriani at Bellini. While working at family-owned restaurant Vecchio Mulino in Certosa di Pavia, Italy outside of Milan, Charles was exposed to the produce and techniques of the Lombardy region. Becoming known for his affinity for working with local farmers, Charles became the sous chef at Ansonia with Chef Bill Telepan, a first step in his trademark use of the greenmarket to serve the menu. In 1998, Rodriguez and Chef Telepan left to take over the kitchen at Judson Grill, which they reconceived with a greenmarket cooking concept. Soon thereafter, Judson Grill was given three stars by critic Ruth Reichl of The New York Times.
Beginning in 1999, Charles worked at the Sony Club, the second iteration of the four-star Quilted Giraffe. Charles served as the Sony Club’s Executive Chef from 1999 to 2007. A new menu was executed every week, showcasing only the best ingredients.
Charles is passionate about working behind the scenes with delicious ingredients and a great team to bring the best experience to the dining room.