Andrew Talks to Chefs

Episode 161: Damarr Brown (Virtue restaurant, Chicago); Greg Baxtrom on the industry's hiring crisis

Episode Summary

Damarr Brown, chef de cuisine of Chicago's Virtue restaurant, shares his story; Greg Baxtrom discusses the current industry hiring crisis.

Episode Notes

Damarr Brown, chef de cuisine of Chicago's acclaimed Virtue restaurant, has spent most of his young life and career in the same city. For several years, he cooked for Virtue's executive chef-owner Erick Williams at MK, then spent time in the kitchen at Alinea Group's Roister, and since the inception of Virtue has been back in collaboration with Chef Williams. On this episode, Damarr discusses his early life and first interest in food and cooking, the decisions he's made on the path to his current success, and his apparel line, Say It How You Feel It.

And in our weekly news and commentary segment The Line Up, chef-owner Greg Baxtrom of Brooklyn's Olmsted and Maison Yaki, discusses the current industry hiring crisis from the point of view of one independent owner-operator.

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