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Chefs off the Clock

Discover the ways Chicago’s celebrity chefs unwind after they clock out of the kitchen.
Get to know another side of these interesting personalities who — while known for their passion and work ethic in the kitchen — are fascinating and passionate people in their personal lives as well.

Spilt Milk

Molly Svec

Off the Clock: Hiker

AceBounce, Flight Club

Rick Gresh

Off the Clock: Woodworker and Leathercraft


Carlos Gaytan

Off the Clock: Scuba Diver

Piccolo Sogno, Nonnina and Maillard Tavern

Tony Priolo

Off the Clock: Baseball Player

Naha, Brindille

Carrie Nahabedian

Off the Clock: Adventure Traveler

Petterino’s, Saranello’s, Di Pescara, Ivy Room

Mychael Bonner

Off the Clock: Bicyclist


Zoë Schor

Off the Clock: Sailor

Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago

Carolina Diaz

Off the Clock: Swimmer


Won Kim

Off the Clock: Graffiti Artist

Prairie Grass Café

Sarah Stegner

Off the Clock: Latin Dancer

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