Student of Life
In eighth grade, Patrick got his first taste of life in the professional kitchen when he was asked by a family friend to help fill in for an absent grill cook at the Taste of Chicago food festival. He was instantly hooked. He worked in kitchens throughout high school and college, enrolling in Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business to continue to hone his craft. After college, he continued his culinary education in New York City at the French Culinary Institute, graduating at the top of his class in 1998. And though New York provided important professional experiences–including a stage at the acclaimed restaurant, Le Bernardin–Patrick always felt drawn to sweet home Chicago. Shortly after graduation, he returned and worked his way through some of the Windy City’s elite kitchens, including the Four Seasons Hotel, Naha and Everest, in both savory and pastry roles. He eventually landed at the celebrated restaurant, The Signature Room at the 95th, where he would spend eight years working his way up the ranks to Executive Chef.
In July 2012, Patrick and his brother, Michael, struck out on their own with partners Matt Eisler and Kevin Heisner to open Trenchermen in Wicker Park. The restaurant earned high praise from diners, critics and fellow restaurant industry pros from across the country. When Trenchermen ended its run in 2016, Pat took some much-needed time off to focus on his family. In spring 2017, he signed on with Ace Chicago, excited to help launch a new hotel while also getting to work with his old friend, Jason Vincent.
When Pat’s not in the kitchen he can be found spending quality time with his wife, their two sons and dog. He lives in Chicago’s Printer’s Row neighborhood