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Abraham Conlon

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Growing up in Lowell MA, Abraham Conlon’s culinary beginning was heavily impacted by his Portuguese heritage and a strong Southeast Asian presence in his community. Beginning a professional cooking career at the age of 15, Conlon gained knowledge of classic sensibilities early on. He continued his training at the Culinary Institute of America while also studying fusion techniques under Norman Van Aken. The next stage in Conlon’s career found him running Chez Asian Bistro in the Dominican Republic followed by Augustine’s at Fredericksburg Square in Virginia where he at the time became the youngest chef to be awarded a Four Diamond Award by AAA.

 

As chef and owner of his increasingly popular restaurant Fat Rice in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood Conlon has quickly been recognized as one of the city’s top chefs. Fat Rice is a return to his roots, harmonizing the rich influence of Conlon’s upbringing and heritage with a thirst for culinary exploration and preservation by focusing on food from modest traditions prepared with an immense respect for custom and technique. He has received many awards and recognition including Fat Rice being named “One of the Best 10 New Restaurants” by Bon Appetit magazine in 2013, a Jean Banchet award in 2014 and a 2015 semifinalist nomination from The James Beard Foundation along with many others.

 

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