Chef Rick Tramonto



    Tramonto’s restaurant management and development company

    Osteria di Tramonto
    Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood
    RT Sushi Bar & Lounge

    All located in the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, Illinois. New locations of Osteria di Tramonto, Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood and RT Sushi Bar & Lounge opening in the Chicago area in 2008.


    Rochester, New York


    Professional training:

    Gotham Bar & Grill, Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Guerard, Lettuce Entertain You

    First restaurant job:

    Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, 1979

    Must-have ingredient:

    Kosher salt and pepper

    Signature dish:

    Caviar Staircase

    Favorite indulgence:

    Foie gras

    Greatest cooking influence:

    Pierre Gagnaire

    Culinary mentor:

    Alfred Portale of the Gotham Bar & Grill

    Least favorite condiment:

    BBQ sauce

    I ignite my cooking creativity by …

    the changing seasons.

    Earliest food memory:

    My mom’s lasagna — homemade meat sauce layered high with fresh ricotta cheese.

    Intresting fact:

    I have over 2,200 cookbooks in my collection, with favorites by Pierre Gagnaire, Alain Ducasse, Daniel Boulud, James Beard and Charlie Trotter.

    Most admired regional chef:

    Charlie Trotter

    >> See Rick Tramonto’s demonstration at the Grand Cooking Stage on Saturday at 11 a.m. Book signing at Borders booth immediately following the demonstration.