Jonathan Beatty is the Corporate Chef of Davanti Enoteca. He joined the family of Francesca’s Restaurants & Restaurateur Scott Harris in 2009 as the opening Sous-Chef at the award winning Purple Pig restaurant on Michigan Avenue. With his proven success & creative culinary talent, Harris brought Chef Beatty up through the ranks to open Davanti Enoteca in September 2010. Soon after it’s opening, Time Out Chicago named Davanti Enoteca “Best New Italian Restaurant” and Chef Beatty was named “Best New Chef” by Chicago Magazine.
Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Chef Beatty discovered his passion for cooking at an early age from his mother who he describes as one of his culinary mentors. As a young student, he spent a year working in kitchens in Florence and Siena, Italy. It is there that Beatty learned a great appreciation for how Italians treat food, with respect and simplicity.
Beatty has had a colorful seven year career attending the renowned French Culinary Institute in New York City and gaining Italian influences as a chef apprentice at New York City’s well known Felidia’s and Esca restaurants.
Jonathan Beatty’s enthusiasm for the freshest seasonal ingredients is one of the many views he shares with the family of Francesca’s Restaurants. He describes Davanti Enoteca as one of his greatest culinary accomplishments to date.
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