Tribute is pleased to announce Lawrence Letrero as Executive Chef. Opening in June 2011, Tribute will be a classic American restaurant with a modern culinary edge in the South Loop. The menu at Tribute will be designed to appeal to both the casual diner as well as the sophisticated, discerning foodie. Menu item prices will be balanced favoring low to moderate pricing, with daily specials that include some higher priced items. The flavorful breakfast, lunch and dinner menus will use local and sustainable products that support Midwestern farms and suppliers for both food and beverages whenever possible.
Originally from Windsor Ontario Canada, a long love of cooking at home, circumstance, and a dare, brought Lawrence Letrero to Kendall College’s Culinary Program. Upon graduation, Lawrence joined the opening team at Perennial Restaurant in Chicago’s Lincoln Park under Chef Ryan Poli. Moving quickly from garde manger to lead cook, Lawrence learned the importance of proper technique, respect for product, and the attention to detail needed to run a successful kitchen. After a stage at Per Se Restaurant (New York, NY), Lawrence moved on to become the opening Sous Chef at Karyn’s On Green restaurant, Chicago’s first all vegan fine dining establishment. Promoted to Chef De Cuisine, Lawrence loved the challenge of executing the quality of food he is accustomed to without the assistance of any animal product. His time at Karyn’s allowed him to further develop a better understanding of produce and its beauty. Lawrence joins the team at Tribute Restaurant as Executive Chef. “I always say I take food seriously, but I don’t take myself too seriously. At Tribute, we are doing focused food, but it’s fun and playful at the same time”, says Letrero.
A Chow Crowd Restaurant
800 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605