Grant Achatz is the chef and co-owner of Alinea, NEXT and the Aviary in Chicago, IL.
Achatz’s early culinary career included time spent working in his parents’ Michigan restaurants as a teenager, followed by enrollment in The Culinary Institute of America inHyde Park, New York. Following graduation, Achatz landed a position at Thomas Keller’s highly acclaimed restaurant, The French Laundry, in Yountville, California. Achatz spent four years at The French Laundry, rising to the position of sous chef. In 2001, he moved to the Chicago area to become the Executive Chef at Trio, in Evanston, Illinois, which at the time of his arrival had a four-star rating from the Mobil Travel Guide. Over the next three years, with Achatz at the helm, Trio’s reputation soared.
In 2005, Achatz went out on his own, opening Alinea in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Since 2007 Alinea has been on Restaurant Magazine/San Pellegrino’s 50 Best list, ranking number 9 in 2014 and twice being named the Best Restaurant in North America. In 2013 Restaurant Magazine bestowed the coveted Chef’s Choice Award on Achatz. In spring of 2011, Chef Achatz was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. The James Beard Foundation awarded him Outstanding Chef of the Year 2008 and Gourmet Magazine named his restaurant the Best Restaurant in America in 2006. Since 2011, Alinea has been awarded 3 stars in the Michelin guide. Elite Traveler Magazine has named Alinea “The Elite 100 Restaurants” top restaurant since 2012.