mk the restaurant
Chef Michael Kornick, founder and owner of mk the restaurant and co-owner of DMK Restaurants is a nationally recognized leader in the culinary arts. Kornick works with the freshest seasonal ingredients and stays true to classical cooking techniques. It is his belief that the freshest ingredients are best cooked simply.
Kornick graduated in 1982 from the Culinary Institute of America and went on to work with some of the most influential chefs and restaurant operators in the United States.
Kornick, at the age of 28, in 1991 was appointed the Executive Chef position at Boston’s Four Seasons hotel. He was one of the youngest executive chefs hired by the Four Seasons Hotel Company.
As a managing partner Kornick develop two successful restaurants, Marché and Red light in 1993 & 1997.. Both restaurants received critical national acclaim and Red Light was included in John Mariani’s annual survey, “Best New Restaurants of the Year,” in Esquire Magazine.
In 1998, Kornick, together with his wife Lisa, opened mk, the restaurant. Condé Nast Traveler selected mk as one of the “Hottest Restaurants in the World,” and Esquire chose mk as one of the “Top Restaurants to Open in 1999.” Kornick was nominated five consecutive years as Best Chef, Midwest by the James Beard Foundation.
He opened and oversaw 3 Nine Steakhouses, three Italian steakhouses as well as the Pool at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas and Chicago.
In November of 2009, Kornick launched DMK Burger Bar in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood with his partner David Morton. DMK serves grass-fed beef burgers along with hand-cut fries and craft beer. Since then the company has launched Fish Bar, Ada St. County Barbeque, Henry’s, Rec Room, and four additional DMK Burger Bars in Lombard, Soldier Field, and Navy Pier.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Kornick is very active in the community. He has raised awareness and money annually for Share our Strength, the Chicago Food Depository, Healthy Schools Campaign, Steppenwolf Theater, Perspectives Charter School, Sweet Water Foundation, Children’s Oncology services Inc., and many other worthy organizations. Kornick lives in Chicago with his wife and business partner Lisa.