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A chefs' family tree revisited

Culinary talent that branched out from Alinea, Blackbird, the Violet Hour, Tru, and more

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Fine-dining stalwart, 1999-

Tamny included the Lettuce Entertain You fine-dining flagship on her original tree, but in the years since, still more heretofore low-profile cooks who came up under former executive chef Rick Tramonto have distinguished themselves outside the nest. Tramonto's replacement is Anthony Martin.

Eddie Lakin—Edzo's Burger Shop
Lakin opened his old-school burger joint in Evanston in 2009, featuring house-ground meat, hand-cut fries, and shakes.

Charlie McKenna—Lillie's Q, Lillie's Q Meat Mobile
McKenna, who's a veteran of Avenues and Tru, opened his Wicker Park barbecue joint last year and launched his food truck in August.

Tim Graham—Paris Club
Graham, who also cooked at Brasserie Jo, is executive chef at R.J. and Jerrod Melman's River North remake of the River North spot.

Meg Galus—NoMi Kitchen
Tru was arguably as well known for Gale Gand's desserts as for its dinner menu; Galus follows in her path at the remade NoMi.

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