Executive Chef Patrick Russ brings more than 10 years of experience working in some of Chicago’s best-known restaurants to the Onward kitchen. Shaped by his many experiences, Russ offers a unique and captivating cooking philosophy. He focuses on the reinterpretation of simple, rustic cuisine by practicing complex methods and playful presentations and by always emphasizing the importance of balance between flavor and texture. Russ is highly committed to his craft as chef, upholding the highest standards of operations in the kitchen and thriving in environments that allow him the freedom of incorporating new ingredients, menu items and techniques.
As a resident of Rogers Park, Onward is a unique opportunity for Russ to shine a bright culinary light on his neighborhood. Onward will offer a fun and playful take on new American in an elevated neighborhood setting. The menu will feature unique, yet accessible and delicious, varieties of both small and large plates for diners to share.
Most recently, Russ was Executive Chef for Seven Lions. Prior to Seven Lions, he served as Executive Chef at The Dawson, and previously as Chef de Partie at Next when it received the prestigious James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. Russ also held roles at restaurants in Miami, Indianapolis and Seattle.
Russ has an Associate of Science Degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu College in Miami. When he isn’t in the kitchen, he focuses on family and friends.