Sarah Grueneberg

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A 15-year industry veteran and Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” finalist, Sarah Grueneberg is Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Monteverde, an authentic, modern Italian restaurant opening 2015 in Chicago’s prevalent West Loop neighborhood. Sarah’s career has been punctuated with meaningful experiences that sculpted her culinary approach today. Notably, she served as Executive Chef of the esteemed Spiaggia under Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano. She moved to Chicago from her native Houston, Texas in 2005 to initially accept a line cook position, and over a five-year period, came to helm the Michelin-starred kitchen – earning prestigious accolades throughout her tenure. A defining period in her career, Sarah credits Spiaggia with nurturing her love of Italian cuisine and culture, and she tours and trains throughout Italy’s rich culinary regions as often as possible.

In 2011, Sarah’s talent gained international acclaim through Bravo’s reality show, “Top Chef: Texas”, where she finished as a finalist. She also appeared as an all-star aboard Top Chef at Sea – traveling through France and the Iberian Peninsula. In late 2013, Sarah left Spiaggia to serve as a chef/consultant for Epic Food Concepts in Naples, Florida.

After earning her Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Houston in 2001, Sarah’s first taste of kitchen life came when she served as a line cook at the iconic Brennan’s of Houston. She became the restaurant’s youngest-ever sous chef at age 22.

Monteverde is Sarah’s first restaurant, which she co-owns with business partner Meg Sahs.