Chicago Gourmet - bio: John McLean
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John McLean

Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria

John McLean is the chef proprietor of Good Eats Restaurant Group’s Burger Bar Chicago and Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria.

Understanding his guests and the environment in which they enjoy his food, John specializes in regional American, American Barbecue, Italian, Asian and Latin cuisine exhibiting a mastery of the time-honored cooking technique of using the best, seasonal ingredients. John brings to his company a passion for food, creativity, craft beer, wine and service as well as over two-decades of culinary and menu development experience.
Previous to launching Good Eats Restaurant Group, John held the position of Chef d’ Cuisine for Levy Restaurants, the innovative market leader of restaurants and premium sports dining. Driven by a restaurateur mentality and approach to the business John’s inspiration helped give Levy Restaurants stature in the food industry by winning several of the industry’s most prestigious awards such as the Ivy Award, for achieving excellence and making an impact in the food industry.
McLean led the menu development process for the private club restaurants, luxury suites, and exclusive private event catering for all of Levy’s Sports and Entertainment properties and in so doing has had the opportunity to plan innovative and fun menus for some of the most prestigious sporting events, including four Super Bowls, Playboy Super Bowl parties, multiple NBA, NHL and MLB All-Star Games and the GRAMMY Awards. John, with his contagious passion for food, has been featured in USA Today, as well as various T.V. segments on CBS Good Morning America, Food Network, FOX Sports, FOX and Friends, Today Show, Early Show, and all of the major networks, ABC-TV, NBC-TV, WGN and CBS-TV

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