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The Magic Behind Sarah Grueneberg’s Chicago Pasta Kingdom

The magic behind Sarah Grueneberg’s Chicago pasta kingdom Monteverde lies in two trips that the “Top Chef” contestant and James Beard Award winner took several years apart.After graduating from culinary school in 2001 and making a splash in the industry by 2003 as the youngest female sous chef at Houston’s iconic Brennan’s, Grueneberg moved to Chicago and joined the team at Spiaggia, where she trained under Tony Mantuano.

32 Restaurant Stars on the Rise

Talent hides in every corner of the restaurant, from an unassuming dishwasher to the anonymous social media wizards behind Instagrams that drive traffic. Someday these folks will be the next big chain’s CEOs, senior level VPs in today’s emerging brands, or leaders of restaurants of their own, but right now we think they deserve the spotlight for the work they’ve already put in.

Change Is Hard

The past year has been a powerful one for women and minorities in the restaurant business, and it all started with two small words: Me, too. The phrase was coined by a black woman, Tarana Burke—a survivor of sexual assault—in 2006 as a way to help women and girls of color who also survived sexual violence.