Emmanuel Nony was raised in the French countryside. He often accompanied his parents to open-air markets and dairy farms, which profoundly influenced his taste and career path. After attending culinary school, he fixed his sights on the front of the house. After moving up in the ranks with the Chefs de France (Orlando, FL) in collaboration with Walt Disney, Nony was presented with an opportunity to work with Hyatt International. Over the next sixteen years, he oversaw the food and beverage options around the globe. In 1996, he moved to Tokyo to manage the Park Hyatt, voted the best hotel in Japan and featured in “Lost in Translation.” Upon returning to the states, he helped open the highly anticipated Park Hyatt Chicago and it’s restaurant NoMI. He has since settled in Chicago to open a restaurant of his own, Sepia.
Where were you born ?
Lille, north of France
How long in Chicago:
10+ years, and loving it!
Buena Park, recently relocated from the West Loop
Sepia, of course!
Macku Sushi- make sure to ask for the chef’s special Omakase
Best Ethnic Food:
Cho Sun Oak Korean BBQ. I feel like I’m back in Seoul!
Riccardo Trattoria downtown, Anteprima in Andersonville
Best place for late night dining:
A toss-up between Avec and the Girl and the Goat, both are equally fantastic!
Best place for a romantic date:
Best Sunday brunch:
The Drawing Room at Le Passage
Best place for a power business meeting:
RL Restaurant Ralph Lauren
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Primitive- the Buddha room is a must see!
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
David Yurman on Oak Street
The Peninsula Spa
Favorite Charity Event:
Favorite Cultural Event:
Chicago House Spring Brunch & Fashion Show at the Harold Washington Library.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Frank Lloyd Wright Studio in Oak Park
Best Aspect of Chicago:
World class buildings by well-known architects lined up next to miles of sandy beaches and Lake Michigan.
David Burke’s Primehouse in the James hotel
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
Terzo Piano in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
East Bank Club
: I do weight lifting, so I enjoy deep tissue massage from an independent masseur. Andrew works at a low key facility located at 333 North Michigan.
The Gerhard Richter exhibit at the Art Institute
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
The Green Mill
Best Broadway show:
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