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Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten chooses Chicago Team for the New Pump Room at Ian Schrager’s Public Chicago

(October 11, 2011) The talented team to oversee Chicago’s iconic new Pump Room, culled from the best kitchens and bars in the Chicago area and beyond was announced today.  The Pump Room’s new food concept was created by world-renowned, James Beard award winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  A selection of the original Pump Room Chicago classics from 1938 will be re-imagined and re-created by Jean-Georges as well as original new dishes and a special chef’s tasting menu featuring a “farm to table” experience, supporting local purveyors.

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, with numerous restaurants around the globe including 3 Michelin star JG restaurants, has secured Bradford Phillips for the role of Executive Chef. Brad Phillips was formerly at Chicago’s gastrobistro LM Le Restaurant, W Hotel Chicago, Blackbird, NOMI, Saltaus and The Pump Room.  

French Culinary Institute graduate, Executive Sous Chef, Moosah Reaume, previously worked with Jean-Georges at the Mark restaurant in NY, numerous steakhouses, and as NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony’s private chef. Jason Hedin joins the team from The Royal Mail in Dunkeld, Australia, named Best Restaurant in Australia in 2010.  His Chicago experience includes working under Chef Laurent Gras at the Michelin 3-star L20 and The Four Seasons hotel. Sous Chef, Aaron Bickman, worked with Jean-Georges at JoJo in NY and A Voce before returning to the Midwest where he was at Bacchus, Charro and Umami Moto.  Hong Kong native, Kady Yon, Executive Pastry Chef, has plied her talents at Charlie Trotter, The Four Season hotel in Chicago and Boka Restaurant Group.

“These talented chefs, will utilize the best from the nation’s breadbasket by supporting regional purveyors, presenting native flavors and offering a daily tasting menu highlighting the locally-sourced ingredients,” said Jean-Georges.

“Our vision for the Pump Room is to give it a new, updated look while paying homage to the restaurant’s storied past,” says Ian Schrager. “It will still be the Pump Room that Chicago knows…but, better!” 

The Pump Room hosted world-renowned celebrities and iconic people from every era for the past 73 years-from Frank Sinatra (who had his own booth) to David Bowie; from the Queen of England to the Queen of Rhythm and Blues, Tina Turner; from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan; from Marilyn Monroe to Elizabeth Taylor; from Charlie Chaplin to Eddie Murphy; from Cary Grant to Dustin Hoffman; from Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall to Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner; and from the Monkees to Alice Cooper. 

The original Pump Room opened on October 1, 1938.  The new Pump Room opened on October 11th, 2011, 73 years later almost to the day.  The new incarnation will continue to be a fashionable spot where an eclectic mix of people comes together to see and be seen, as well as socialize and dine as they have for past decades.

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About Ian Schrager Company
Ian Schrager Company was founded and created by Ian Schrager. Ian Schrager invented the concept of the boutique hotel 27 years ago, and today, the company owns, develops, manages and brands hotels, residential and mixed use projects. It is currently involved in projects that are in various stages of development in New York as well as other gateway cities around the world. Ian Schrager devotes his time exclusively to Ian Schrager Company, the development of his two new hotel brands and partnership with Marriott’s EDITION Hotels.

Since the 70's, entrepreneur Ian Schrager, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ian Schrager Company, has achieved international recognition for concepts that have revolutionized both the entertainment and hospitality industries. Ian Schrager Company, based in NYC, was founded in 2005.



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