John Somerville

AGE: 42

HOMETOWN: Ohio -- Currently resides in West Bloomfield, MI

PROFESSION: Chef de Cuisine, The Lark

CULINARY EDUCATION: BS In Engineering, University of Michigan

FAVORITE RECIPE: Spiced Spring cucumbers with dill

Growing up in rural Ohio, John developed an appreciation for farm fresh ingredients at a young age. He attended the University of Michigan and earned a degree in Engineering before deciding to pursue his culinary dream. In 1994, he joined The Lark as a Garde Manger, working his way up the ladder to his current position as Chef de Cuisine. He has received two James Beard Nominations for Best Chef: Great Lakes (2008 and 2009) and is recognized as one of the best chefs in the greater Detroit area. His philosophy is “spreading the infectious spirit of cooking!”

VIDEO: Get to know John