Patricia Yeo of Top Chef Masters joins the Big Bowl Team
If you're a Top Chef fan or follow the food world closely, you'll be excited to learn that Patricia Yeo has joined Big Bowl.Yeo was a contestant on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, the reality show which brings together the world's most renowned chefs. She made it to the final four during Season 4 last year.
Originally from Oregon, Yeo worked alongside the legendary Barbara Tropp at China Moon
Cafe, opened Hawthorne Lane in San Francisco with Anne Gingrass and
helped Bobby Flay launch his first New York restaurants, Mesa Grill and
Bolo. Yeo’s first solo venture, AZ in New York, earned three stars from
the New York Times and worldwide accolades. For the last few
years, she has lived in Boston, opening Ginger Hill, Om and then Moksa. She is currently working on a PBS cooking show and a new
cookbook on Asian street food scheduled for release at the end of the
As a part of the Big Bowl team, she will partner with Executive Chef Marc Bernard to grow and evolve the Big Bowl menu and she'll collaborate on developing a new restaurant concept.
“There are a number of directions we could go for the next concept, but it will be Marc and Patricia who will get us there,” says Dan McGowan, president of Big Bowl. “Patricia will also help the team with our expansion into airports and other non traditional venues.”
The decision to sign on with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and Big Bowl was simple. At this point in her career, she’s more interested in casual food and reaching more diners with cuisine that everyone can enjoy.
"Chicago is a great food city, with exceptional high end restaurants as well as little joints and neighbourhood restaurants. I have been exploring the possibility of Chicago and the opportunity to be part of the Lettuce Entertain You team was too good to pass. I'm really impressed by its dedication to excellence."
Big Bowl, she says, also shares the same principles as she does - sustainability, locally sourced and grown food and doing business with local purveyors. She was especially impressed with Rustic Road Farm, the venture Bernard started last year that supplies Big Bowl and other LEYE concepts with produce and eggs.
“We couldn’t be more excited,” says Bernard. “Expect some exciting changes.”
Adds Yeo, "I have always heard about midwestern hospitality, and how I know what it means. I really cannot wait to get to know the city and the surrounding area better."