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Eric Jorgensen

Originally from Oak Park, Chef Eric Jorgensen attended Kendall College and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Management. A few years after graduation, he took a job as Executive Sous Chef at the Chicago location of SushiSamba, and then was quickly promoted to the New York City stores. At SushiSamba, Jorgensen executed a diverse menu celebrating the cuisine of Japan, Brazil and Peru, which allowed him to develop his own cooking style of incorporating ingredients from different cultures into his dishes. In 2011, Jorgensen moved on to The Mermaid Oyster Bar in New York where he was the Chef de Cuisine, responsible for creating seasonal menus highlighting sustainable seafood.

Chef Jorgensen moved back to Chicago and signed on with the Lettuce Entertain You family in 2014 as Sous Chef at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! in Lincoln Park. After two years, he took an opportunity as Executive Chef at Hannah’s Bretzel to expand his knowledge of the fast-casual side of the restaurant industry. Missing the creative environment of a traditional restaurant kitchen, he brought his experience back to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! in 2017 where he took the lead as Executive Chef. When he’s not at work, he enjoys fishing with his brothers, dining out in Chicago and spending time with his wife and their adopted English Bulldogs, Commis and Cheddar.

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