Michael Shrader brings 20-plus years of experience to his position as executive chef/partner of Urban Union, having earned international acclaim for his rustic approach to fine dining cuisine.
Shrader’s rich culinary career started upon his graduation from the California Culinary Academy in his hometown of San Francisco. From there, he earned the exclusive opportunity to study with renowned chef-instructor Madeline Kamann as one of only four California chefs accepted into the Beringer School for American Chefs’ graduate program in St. Helena, California. In 1995, he received the sole United States scholarship to the Ritz Escoffier Ecole Gastronomique in Paris, where he received extensive training in the history, technique and method of French cuisine.
Upon his return to the United States, Shrader embarked on an impressive path through the country’s fine dining scene, most notably serving as founding/executive chef for The Nine Group, overseeing the openings of the corporation’s N9NE locations in Chicago, Palm Springs, and Las Vegas, as well as the N9NE and NOVE restaurants in Dallas. Prior to taking the helm of The Nine Group, Shrader held positions as the executive chef of Buckeye Roadhouse in Mill Valley, California; chef de partie at the Michelin-rated Le Bellecour in Paris, France; and executive sous chef at the acclaimed Stars restaurant in San Francisco. Most recently, Shrader served as executive chef of Epic restaurant in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.
At Urban Union, Shrader brings a lifelong dream to fruition, showcasing his passion for food and wine through sensible, seasonal and foundationally solid menus that put a personal mark on his approach to European-style dining.