Chicago Power 100 2013
Grant Achatz
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Grant Achatz

Age: 38

Occupation: Chef/partner, Alinea, the Aviary, and Next

With restaurants across the globe scrambling to emulate his cuisine, his ever-changing concepts, and his team’s tech-brilliant reservation system, this boundary-pushing chef is content to lead and let the rest follow. Achatz continues to quietly demonstrate a preternatural ability to suss out trends before they’re trends. Mike Gebert, editor of Grub Street Chicago, likens him to Steve Jobs: “He’s in the business of giving people what they had no idea they wanted until he invented it. Then they had to have it.”

Photograph: ZBIGNIEW BZDAK/CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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