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Grant Achatz

Born: 1974 in Michigan
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: In 2001, Grant moved to the Chicago area to become the Executive Chef at Trio, in Evanston, Illinois.

Biography: In 2005, Grant Achatz went out on his own, opening Alinea in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. The restaurant is located up the block from the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company and is housed in a modest gray brick building which bears no external markings beyond its street number. Inside, the restaurant has no bar, no lobby, and seats just 64 guests. Achatz serves diners a small-course tasting menu, running approximately 18 courses. After less than two years of operation, the Mobil Travel Guide bestowed its Five Star Award on Alinea, making Alinea one of just 16 restaurants nationwide to rate five stars for 2007.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction; Other

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Grant Achatz on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Alinea /
ISBN: 1580089283 OCLC: 213448028

Ten Speed Press, Berkeley : ©2008.

"Debut cookbook from Alinea restaurant in Chicago, with recipes organized by season"--Provided by publisher.

Life, on the line :
ISBN: 1592406017 OCLC: 701734846

Gotham Books, New York, NY : 2011.

Achatz, "one of America's great chefs" ("Vogue"), shares how his drive to cook immaculate food won him international renown--and fueled his miraculous triumph over tongue cancer. "Life, on the Line" is also a book about survival, about nurturing creativity, and about profound friendship.