Trained in classic French and Italian culinary techniques and acclaimed for his healthful menus, Executive Chef Ethan McKee imbues Urbana's light, fresh dishes with indulgent flavor inspired by the Italian coast and beyond. At a young age, the Texas native moved to Northern Virginia, and thanks to his mother's various roles in the restaurant business, the kitchen became a second home to him. He ultimately carried on the culinary tradition by enrolling at Gaithersburg's L'Academie de Cuisine.
With more than 15 years of experience, McKee has helmed multiple kitchens, including several recognized among the "100 Very Best Restaurants" by Washingtonian magazine. Early in his career, McKee worked alongside James Beard-nominated Chef Todd Gray at Equinox Restaurant, where he worked his way up from line cook to Chef de Cuisine. More recently, he led the kitchens at Rock Creek at Mazza — where he developed a talent for creating flavorful, healthful fare — and at Foggy Bottom's Circle Bistro.