Dale Levitski, a native Chicagoan, currently serves as the Executive Chef at Sprout, which recently received three stars from the Chicago Tribune and was named “Best New Restaurant” by Chicago magazine. Without any formal culinary training, Dale landed a job as a fry cook at the Ground Round in Iowa City while attending the University of Iowa. He instantly fell in love with the rush of the kitchen, and his culinary career began its course. After moving back to Chicago, he worked in the kitchens at some of the city’s finest restaurants including Blackbird, La Tache, and Trio. After Trio closed, Dale appeared on Top Chef: Miami where viewers saw his competitive edge as he cooked his way to the finale where he was runner-up. He lives in Chicago with Sara Nguyen, his former competitor from Top Chef who also works as his Sous Chef at Sprout.