Tobie began his career as part of a restaurant and tavern family in Chicago. An apprenticeship with a classically trained Chef prepared him for his first kitchen brigade in 1973. His ambitious menu and unique approach to food caught the eye of Richard Melman with whom, he developed concepts and menus for the then fledgling Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises including the first re-opening of the legendary Pump Room in 1977. Soon after, he began consulting with restaurants all over the country and settled in the Twin Cities in 1980.
His consulting projects have included projects for Host Marriott, several Irish pubs, a regional pizza chain, a national barbecue chain, contemporary American bistros, an original delicatessen featuring a scratch kitchen preparing local and sustainable product, to name a few.
While sharing his expertise in restaurants, he has worked in television and radio as a talent and honed his writing skills for various publications.