Chef/Partner, Monteverde Restaurants & Pastificio
Since her childhood cooking with her grandparents on their ranch in Victoria, Texas, Sarah Grueneberg knew she was destined to work in the culinary world. Originally from Houston, Grueneberg moved to Chicago in 2005 to join the team at the award-winning Spiaggia under the leadership of Tony Mantuano. During her tenure as Executive Chef, Spiaggia was awarded one Michelin Star for three consecutive years.
More notably, Grueneberg was a contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Texas” making it as a finalist and runner-up for the season. She has also been named a “Rising Star Chef” by Chicago Social magazine in 2009 and 2016 and Eater Chicago’s “Chef of the Year” in the 2011 Eater Awards. Grueneberg is currently Chef/Partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago’s West Loop. In 2016, Monteverde received numerous accolades including: one of Food & Wine’s “America’s Best Restaurants, GQ’s “12 Best New Restaurants,” the “Worth the Wait” award in Chicago Tribune Dining Awards, and named one of Chicago Magazine’s “15 Best New Restaurants.”