He keeps us guessing. Monthly Yumm gatherings at Mercury Lounge, hosted by his food-phrase T-shirt company Stove Monkeys, attract crowds of 150 with his molecular gastronomy creations. Using science lab techniques and tools, Mytro and his sidekicks prepare deliciously improbable edibles: liquid ravioli, Red Bull sorbet shots and poached ice cream. Flavor tripping is another mind-blowing Mytro-managed happening. He dispenses an African berry known as miracle fruit then feeds guests all sorts of sour and bitter bites. Because the berry naturally alters taste perceptions, vinegar is as good as sweet iced tea and lemons are like candy. The sense-bending effect is safe, temporary and ridiculously entertaining.
He's spontaneous. Free of the confines of a singular kitchen, the chef can act on any impulse — a guarantee that new culinary antics are sure to keep coming. Lose touch with him for a few weeks and you'll suddenly find him finalizing plans for a new unconventional catering company that throws taco parties at bars around town and a truck that will take his nontraditional versions of the Mexican staple, such as rum-smoked mahi-mahi, to the streets. "He's got this something that makes you want to be a part of whatever he's doing," says Kim Burant, who runs Clear Cut Promotions, an event planning and staffing firm that works with Mytro on Yumm. "I love that he's bringing Cleveland a new and different way to party."
He's a tireless promoter. The progressive chef with the heart of a prankster is a savvy self-promoter. But the Texas transplant is also on a mission to increase the coolness quotient of his adopted hometown. "I love Cleveland, I want to see it do well and be cool, and I want to be a part of making that happen," he says. Pursuing that goal in unconventional ways, without a boss on the sidelines, is the business plan. "I don't want somebody telling me what I can and can't do, or have to convince them that my ideas will work. I want to have fun and follow my own path. This was the only plan I had when I started my own business."