Intro’s 2015 Year in Review

December 31, 2015

Intro in the News Now that we are into 2016, we'd like to take a moment to share all of last year's 'best of' moments. We've come along way since we opened last February, and we look forward to seeing you soon! "Chicago Restaurant Experts Recall Their Single Best Meals of 2015" by Eater Chicago "The Thrillist Awards: Chicago's Best New Food & Drink of 2015" By Thrillist Chicago "12 Restaurants That Made the Biggest Splash in 2015" By The Daily Meal "Chicago's Best New Restaurants of 2015!" By Infatuation Chicago "The Best New Chicago Restaurants of 2015" By Thrillist Chicago Let's take a step back and review the exciting changes Intro has undergone as we are into the new year. As each new chef-in-residence steps in, the restaurant is transformed; the menu is reconceptualized, the decor is revamped, even the music changes. It is part restaurant and part restauranteur academy as the chef gets a crash course on what it takes to run their own restaurant. For the diner, Intro is an opportunity to experience the culinary creativity of talented chefs from across the nation. An overview of the year makes it clear that every chef that has helmed Intro's kitchen has consistently contributed to the constantly evolving culinary experience that is Intro. Chef in Residence: CJ Jacobson In Residence: February 4, 2015 - April 25, 2015 cj Orange County-born CJ Jacobson is the executive chef at Girasol restaurant in Studio City, CA which opened in July 2013. His craft is best described as ‘rustic-refined’ and revolves around a hyper-seasonal, local California ingredients, where foraging plays a main part in the flavor profiles that he creates in his kitchen. Jacobson has also seen some spotlight, previously starring on two seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef, participating in four Celebrity Chef Tours, and most recently, winning Top Chef Duels in 2014. Chef in Residence: Erik Anderson In Residence: May 14, 2015 - July 25, 2015 Chef Erik Anderson’s culinary career blends his diverse experience and artistic spirit. Born and raised in Chicago, Anderson spent much of his childhood at his parents’ restaurant where he discovered his passion for experimenting with various ingredients and culinary techniques. In 2012, he was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs.” Currently Anderson plans to open Brut, a Modern French restaurant in Minneapolis with partner, Jamie Malone. Chef in Residence: Aaron Martinez In Residence: July 30, 2015 - October 17, 2015 Orange County, CA. native Chef Aaron Martinez graduated from the Arizona Culinary Institute. In 2006, he transitioned into fine dining, opening Addison, the signature restaurant of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar working under acclaimed Chef William Bradley. In 2011, Chef Martinez landed in the San Francisco Bay Area as the Sous Chef at Quince preparing a modern French tasting menu with Italian influence. During his tenure at Quince, he was promoted to Chef de Cuisine and the restaurant was also awarded an additional Michelin star, jumping from one to two stars. Chef in Residence: Chef Stephen Gillanders In Residence: October 23, 2015 - TBD Born and raised in Los Angeles, Chef Stephen Gillanders began his culinary training at the age of 15 when his mother saw an article for a teen cooking class at a local culinary arts school. He never looked back. While in Las Vegas, Gillanders won the title of San Pellegrino’s ‘Almost Famous’ Chef competition. This national cooking contest, provided him a wealth of opportunities and exposure, including a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work for Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. After his duration at Intro, Gillanders will be working on opening his dream restaurant, S.K.Y., with a projected opening date of 2016. All of us at Intro can't wait to see what's next in store with our upcoming fifth Chef-in-Residence, Jessica Largey. There's always something new brewing and that ensures that nothing gets old. Intro offers versatility, accommodating any dining occasion-- from a quick weeknight neighborhood dinner to a sophisticated evening on the town. It's redefining fine dining.