Rick Tramonto

Tramonto Cuisine, Inc. - Chicago, IL

For eleven years, Rick Tramonto was executive chef and founding partner at Chicago’s world-renowned four-star restaurant Tru, a Relais Châteaux property, in partnership with Rich Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. Tramonto is president and culinary director of Tramonto Cuisine, Inc., which developed Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood and Osteria di Tramonto.

In 2010, Tramonto announced his partnership with Louisiana native Chef John Folse and the formation of a new additional restaurant company, Home on the Range. Tramonto and Folse opened their first joint restaurant project, Restaurant R’evolution, in New Orleans’ renowned French Quarter in the Royal Sonesta Hotel in 2012.

Tramonto is an accomplished author with eight titles to his credit—his memoir, Scars of a Chef, was published in 2011. His cookbooks include: Steak with Friends; Osteria; Fantastico!; Tru; Amuse-Bouche; Butter Sugar Flour Eggs; and American Brasserie (finalist for the Julia Child Cookbook Awards).

Because of the respect he has earned in the culinary world, Tramonto has won numerous awards including: James Beard Award – Best Chef Midwest; James Beard Award – Best Service (Tru); Wine Spectator Grand Award (Tru); Best New Chef in Food & Wine Magazine (Trio); Four Star reviews in Chicago Tribune; Four Star reviews in Chicago Magazine; Best new restaurant in New Orleans Magazine (Restaurant R’evolution).

Tramonto has a long history of television work as well, appearing on Oprah, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Simply Ming and Iron Chef America. He was a guest judge on Top Chef, and he was a contestant on Season 2 of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters.

Rick’s Additional Awards Include:

  • Nation’s Restaurant News Annual Fine Dining Hall of Fame Award 2004
  • Restaurants and Institutions IVY Award 2003
  • Relais & Châteaux Relais-Gourmand
  • Robert Mondavi Award for Culinary Excellence
  • Rising Star Chefs Award 1994
  • Michelin Red “M” 1991

TRU Awards

  • Four-star Mobil
  • Five-diamond AAA
  • DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) Award 2004
  • Wine Spectator Magazine’s Grand Award for Outstanding Restaurant Wine Lists 2004
  • Wine Spectator magazine’s ‘Best Of’ Award 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences Award 2002
  • Four-star review from Chicago Sun-Times
  • Best Restaurant (twice) by Zagat Survey


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