Regina Mehallick is the Executive Chef and owner of
R bistro in Indianapolis, Indiana. She opened her restaurant in May 2001 with a strong emphasis on local ingredients that welcomed a dining audience hungry for her rustic yet contemporary dishes. Anchoring the east end of the city's Massachusetts Avenue arts district, R bistro is the result of her diverse culinary experiences.
Regina grew up in the small town of Beaverdale, Pennsylvania, where she developed a love of cooking by looking over her mum's shoulder in the home kitchen. Later, she ventured to the big city of Washington, D.C., where she took her first cooking classes at age 19. There she learned a variety of techniques, from Jewish pastries to savory dishes. After several years of spoiling her husband and family by honing here skills at home, Regina enrolled in culinary school at
Johnson & Wales University
in South Carolina. Upon completing her studies, she worked for several years in Charleston in catering and small boutique restaurants.
Relocation took her to Scotland, where she accepted a chef du partie position in an eclectic fusion-style eatery in inner-city Glasgow. She continued her education in the international spectrum at
Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, Ireland and at
Regaleali, a winery and cooking school in Sicily.
Yorke Arms in North Yorkshire, England, she served as a Sous Chef, preparing the award-winning country inn's distinctive contemporary British food.
Returning to the United States with an international repertoire, she settled in Indianapolis in 2000. Here she was determined to bring a lifelong dream to be the chef of her own restaurant to fruition -
R bistro was born.