Matthias Merges

Owner of Yusho, Chicago

Merges has spent most of two decades cooking and living in Chicago – most notably as the Executive Chef of Charlie Trotter's for the past 14 years. Merges has mentored some of the most talented and respected professionals in the restaurant industry. His restaurant, Yusho, is all about well-executed, simple flavors of authentic street food. A hot grill provides the intense flavors to Merges' seasonally-selected proteins and vegetables and grilled to order over a hissing fire. Craft cocktails, wine and spirits are chosen for customized meal pairings.