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CHF 2012: America

Grant Achatz and the Culinary Cutting Edge

Grant Achatz is one of America’s most admired and influential chefs. At his Chicago restaurants, he is reinventing both food and the dining experience. At Alinea, he builds on the molecular gastronomy pioneered by Spanish chef Ferran Adrià, pushing the boundaries of flavor, texture, and consistency ever outward. His new restaurant Next offers themed menus for 12 weeks—inspired by early 20th-century Paris or Achatz’s Michigan childhood—and experiments with theatricality, seasonality, and the senses. Achatz’s work parallels that of any avant-garde artist, challenging preconceived notions in a relentless search for the new. Join him as he discusses his culinary and aesthetic vision with Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

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This program is generously underwritten by Sylvia and Lawrence Margolies and is presented in partnership with TimeOut Chicago.

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Speakers and Performers

Grant Achatz

Grant Achatz was named one of the best new chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2002, received the James Beard Rising Star Chef award in 2003, and won the Beard Best Chef/Great Lakes award in 2007. Before opening Alinea in 2005, Achatz was sous chef at the French Laundry and the executive chef of Trio in Chicago. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Madeleine Grynsztejn

Madeleine Grynsztejn is Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Under her leadership, the MCA has become a dynamic, artist-activated, audience-engaged space for producing art, ideas, community, and conversation around the creative process. She has organized major exhibitions on renowned contemporary artists Luc Tuymans, Olafur Eliasson, and Richard Tuttle, and has recently been profiled in Art in America, Town & Country, and Today’s Chicago Woman.

CHF Suggests      Related links and resources for further study

Leaders And Thinkers

Grant Achatz' famous Chicago restaurant: Alinea
Menu, gallery, biography, and much more...

Good Reads

Grant Achatz in the New York Times
Learn about Achatz and his exciting new restaurant, Next.

Online Resources

The Chef Who Lost his Sense of Taste
Tune in to this NPR profile of Achatz.