PROFESSION: Executive Chef Spiaggia (and of sister restaurant Cafe Spiaggia)
CULINARY EDUCATION: School of Culinary Arts at The Art Institute
FAVORITE SIMPLE FALL DESSERT RECIPE: Chestnut tart with apples and salted caramel gelato
Sarah Grueneberg is the Executive Chef of Spiaggia, Chicago’s only four-star authentic Italian restaurant. Born in Houston, Texas, Sarah spent a lot of time with her family cooking, gardening, and going to the ranch. Sarah’s first job in a kitchen was at Brennan’s in Houston, where she worked along Chris Shepherd and learned about Southern, Creole, and Texas cuisine. After four years at Brennan’s, Sarah moved to Chicago and Spiaggia and began to work with Tony Mantuano and Missy Robbins. Sarah quickly worked her way up from the line, to purchasing sous chef, to chef di cucina and to her current role as executive chef. Sarah’s culinary inspiration comes from all things Italian -- the culture, tradition, food, products, language and more.