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Chef/Partner Stephen Dunne
Stephen grew up just outside Detroit and began cooking at 15 years old. He eschewed culinary school for real world work experience, heading to New Orleans after graduating high school to apprentice under chef Kevin Graham at the Windsor Court Hotel and Graham's. He has since rounded out his professional experience and defined his cuisine working in several celebrated Wolfgang Puck restaurants (Spago, Postrio...), under restaurateur Drew Nieporent, Larry Stone at Rubicon in San Francisco, and more recently collaborating with chef/owner Michael Kornick at Chicago's MK. Stephen refers to his cuisine as "New American", embracing the multifarious nature of our country's great melting pot, borrowing literally from a myriad of ethnic styles. In addition to Paramount Room, Stephen is also the Chef/Partner of the award-winning Volo Restaurant Wine Bar located in Roscoe Village. Stephen lives on Chicago's north side.
Managing Partner Jon Young
Jon has successfully managed restaurants for Rich Melman's Lettuce Entertain You, Inc. (Maggiano's Little Italy, P.J. Clarke's, Cafe Ba Ba Reeba), and restaurateur Alex Dana's Rosebud Restaurants (Centro, La Rosetta).
Jon & wife Helene Albert opened Kitsch'n (2005 W. Roscoe, Chicago) in late 98' when a longtime diner in Roscoe Village, just blocks from their home, became available. Working quickly, they converted it into a fun & funky 1970 's retro diner serving up comfort food with a gourmet twist. Kitsch'n has since become a Chicago cult icon, and has been featured in Bon Appetit, on The Food Channel (Rachael Ray's $40 a Day)
and The Travel Channel for their delicious food and unique atmosphere, winning numerous awards and accolades. Comfort food and 1970's fashion, design and culture have been getting more popular ever since.
Prior to Paramount Room, Jon & Stephen opened Volo Restaurant Wine Bar in the spring of 2005. It has since been awarded “Best Wine Bar”, and “Best Wine List” by Best of Citysearch for Chicago Nightlife and Restaurants, as well as being voted Top 10 for "Best Date Place", and "Best Outdoor Dining" by AOL Cityguide (Chicago).
Dine & Drink, Inc.
In September of 2007 Jon & Helene formed Dine & Drink, Inc.with the primary goal of developing a brand identity their loyal customers can recognize, offering a full range of dedicated private event, catering and banquet options.