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 developed a love for the culinary arts as a very small child. Raised in Houston, TX, Sarah spent the majority of her free time cooking and baking with her grandparents while her mother traveled for work.
Grueneberg attended the Art Institute of Houston and attained her Associate's degree in the Culinary Arts in 2001. That summer Sarah joined the team at Brennan's of Houston, working under Food and Wine Best New Chef Chris Shepherd.
In September 2005, Grueneberg moved to Chicago to join the award-winning culinary team at Spiaggia, Chicago's only four-star Italian restaurant, helmed by Chef Tony Mantuano.
To gain hands-on experience and further broaden her love of all things Italian, Sarah began travelling to Italy at least once a year to work with and visit some of the country's best chefs and food producers. Grueneberg cooked in some of the most heralded Italian kitchens, including Il San Lorenzo and Grano in Rome, Il Rigolleto in Reggiolo, and Del Pescatore, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Canento Sul'Oligo.
She is also preparing for her next big adventure, developing her very own restaurant concept in partnership with longtime friend and peer, Meg Sahs in her favorite American city, Chicago.