Guests will enjoy an interactive culinary experience alongside the chef in his kitchen and enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres and food stations.
ABOUT CHEF ANDREW ACKER:
Chef Andrew Acker was born and raised in downtown Chicago while spending summers at his family’s lake house in Fontana, WI. It was on that deck where he first learned to grill from his father and found excitement and pleasure in cooking for family and friends.
As Chef Acker’s maternal grandfather declined in health, he began cooking for him every day and quickly realized that he could honor his grandfather by using that love and passion for cooking professionally. After his grandfather passed, Chef Acker enrolled in the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. Following culinary school in 2007, he took his first full time cooking job at a small bar by Wrigley Field where he was the entire back of house staff, including dishwasher, cook, and chef.
While working at Wolfgang Puck Catering, Chef Acker ate at Alinea and L20 where his eyes were opened to the type of cuisine that chefs were pushing themselves to create. After seeing that inspiration, in 2010 he made the move to Ria in the Elysian Hotel and eventually followed Chef Matthew Kirkley to L20 where he became a sous chef.
In 2015, he joined the team at Intro and continued his work with talented chefs from around the world. Chef Acker moved to Minneapolis in 2016 to work as the Chef de Cuisine at Upton 43, which was named “Restaurant of the Year” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune during his tenure.
Moving back to his hometown of Chicago, Chef Acker is excited to lead the team at Stratford on the Park.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
6:00PM: Cocktail reception
6:30PM: Welcome by Chef Acker
6:40PM: Live kitchen demos begin, passed hors d'oeuvres and culinary stations
9:00PM: Event Ends