Millennium Park | Chicago
Real Urban Barbecue
At the age of twelve, Sam was fascinated with the operations of a commercial kitchen. This when he knew he had found his passion. He spent the next seven years developing his skills in kitchens around the Chicagoland area.
In order to fully pursue his passion, he decided to round out his experience with formal training by attending Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago. After graduation he worked briefly at the esteemed Le Vichyssoise and Tramonto’s Steakhouse, to then moved on to numerous other fine dining restaurants. He has also worked for such big name companies as Whole Foods, Deerfield’s Bakery, and Sweet Baby Rays Barbecue. He decided to continue his love and passion for great BBQ and now currently oversees the operations as Corporate Executive Chef at Real Urban BBQ.
In his spare time, Sam participates in professional KCBS and MBN BBQ competitions under the team name Deuce’s Wild. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Erica and newborn son Jameson. Sam’s talent for creating delicious food by combining simple ingredients is reflected in the warm reception of the food at Real Urban BBQ.