By Shawn Perry
Earlier this week Geek Bar Chicago, announced the secret identity of their new Executive Chef, Joshua Mutchnick, who will be making his first appearance at Geek Bar Beta this coming week. In addition to having an exceptional culinary pedigree Chef Josh is also a proud geek with just the right creative spirit to match his culinary prowess, as Fleet Admiral David Zoltan explains:
Chef Joshua has worked at Michelin Star restaurants and for James Beard award-winning chefs, including such luminaries as Masaharu Morimoto, José Andrés, and Michel Richard. Since coming to Chicago, he has worked with Chef Bruce Sherman at North Pond and Chef Thomas Lents at 16. He was a leader at Graham Elliot Bistro as Sous Chef and has been groomed for leadership throughout his career. Just as important to our Geek Bar patrons, Chef Joshua is a huge nerd. His biggest geekdom is video games. He's a tremendous fan of the Game of Thrones books and TV show.
Upon seeing and tasting his food, we knew he was the chef for Geek Bar as he seamlessly combined geeky concepts with flawless execution. He cooked for us an amazing dessert in a petrie dish based on a Simpsons episode that instantly won us over. He approaches geeky food in a very similar way as our Queen of Drinky Things, Laura Green, does her cocktails, by finding inspiration in geeky themes first and crafting dishes that live up to that inspiration, which is what gives us such confidence in his ability to meet the unique needs of being Geek Bar's executive chef.
We're excited to have Chef Joshua on board and to give him his official geeky title of Archmage of Fire. We expect to see big things from him as we continue at Geek Bar Beta and as we move forward as well.
For those not in the know, Geek Bar Chicago is, in my opinion, the most ambitious geek-themed hospitality endeavor ever attempted and an example of what I believe will become a worldwide trend that brightens the world for geek-kind. The acquisition of Chef Joshua is another step forward for the team as they blaze their trail and provide a template for the future of geek socialization.
No pressure, Chef Josh.
Shawn Perry is a comic book and film enthusiast striving to be here now. He currently resides in the wonderful town of East Hartford, Connecticut. Tweet him @thesperry and email him about anything at Shawn.Perry88@gmail.com.