Dan Tucker
With a colorful culinary repertoire under his toque – and a knack for technical perfection – Executive Chef Dan Tucker is part of the extraordinary team at SUSHISAMBA rio. A member of the restaurant industry since his teenage years, he was drawn to the creative freedom of the culinary world and the satisfaction of executing the complex and difficult tasks required of a chef. Dan’s culinary career began earnestly at a small restaurant in Champaign, Illinois. Rising quickly through the ranks to become the Sous Chef, he left the company and enrolled at Kendall College in Evanston. In 2006 he earned his A.A.S. in Culinary Arts as well as the prestigious Ian C. Maclean Scholarship Grant for culinary excellence. By the time he graduated, he’d already started work as a Chef de Partie at Chicago’s famed Alinea restaurant. Throughout the course of his term there, he was honored to work with some of the top chefs in the world, including Chef Grant Achatz.

In January 2007, Dan left Alinea’s kitchen to accept a position as Chef de Cuisine of Chicago’s Room 21. In 2008, he was promoted to Executive Chef in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the restaurant’s growth and was quickly recognized by Chicago Magazine as one of “2008’s Best New Restaurants” and by CS as one of “Chicago’s 50 Best Restaurants and Chefs.” As if that wasn’t enough,he then became the Consulting Chef for Chicago’s Park 52 restaurant, putting it on the map as one of the “Best New Restaurants of 2009.”

Where were you born ?
Champaign, IL
How long in Chicago:
6 years
Favorite Restaurant:
Best Sushi:
Best Ethnic Food:
Urban Belly
Best Italian:
Picolo Sogno Restaurant
Best place for late night dining:
Best dessert:
Hot Chocolate
Best place for a romantic date:
Window table at NoMI
Best Sunday brunch:
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Best place for a power business meeting:
Keefer’s Restaurant
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
Wrigleyville on game day
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Hotel Felix
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Northwestern Cutlery
Favorite Charity Event:
Green Tie Ball
Favorite Cultural Event:
Chicago Gourmet
Best Aspect of Chicago:
You have all the perks of a big city, but still the neighborhood feeling.
Best Steakhouse:
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
Best Pizza:
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Best Lunch:
Best Museum/Exhibit:
The Shedd Aquarium
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Al Capone’s secret passageways under the South Loop
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