Giuseppe Tentori


Chefs / Partner, GT Fish & Oyster

Opening GT Fish & Oyster in March 2011, Chef Giuseppe Tentori brought his award-winning cooking techniques to the masses, redefining the American seafood restaurant concept. The Food & Wine “Best New Chef” 2008 and James Beard Foundation “Best Chef Great Lakes” nominee, has received critical praise for GT Fish & Oyster including three-stars from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, four-stars from Time Out Chicago, and CS Magazine’s “Chef of the Year“ in 2011. In addition to GT Fish & Oyster, Tentori is the executive chef of BOKA Catering Group, a catering experience for any event that requires restaurant quality service and cuisine.

After finishing his tenure at Antica Osteria la Rampina in Milan, a 19-year-old Tentori accepted Chef Gabriel Viti’s invitation to work at his restaurant in Highland Park, Illinois. After Gabriel’s, Tentori headed out west to become the sous chef at the Metropolitan in Salt Lake City, Utah. Two years later, he returned to Chicago and began working at Charlie Trotter’s. Serving the last two years at this award-winning restaurant as chef de cuisine, Tentori spent a total of nine years perfecting his culinary philosophy in this famous kitchen.

In 2007, Tentori accepted the position as executive chef at BOKA Restaurant. Under his reign in the kitchen, BOKA received a Michelin-star four years in a row, making the restaurant a staple in the bustling Chicago dining scene.

This year, Tentori will expand the GT brand, opening GT Prime, a meat-centric restaurant that will focus on share plate dining. Located in the River North neighborhood, Tentori will continue to carefully integrate his style at GT Prime with an emphasis on local farmers and seasonal ingredients, an innovative pairing that has become his trademark. After gaining recognition on the hot sauce offerings at GT Fish & Oyster, Giuseppe began bottling them and now GT Hot Sauces are available for purchase in the restaurant at and at local retailers, Mariano’s and Publican Quality Meats.