Houston born-and-raised Sarah Grueneberg’s passion for the culinary world began as a small child as she spent much of her time cooking and baking with her grandparents. After attending the Art Institute of Houston, she began her professional culinary career as a sous chef at Brennan’s in Houston where she learned southern hospitality and Texas Creole cuisine. In 2005, Grueneberg joined the award-winning team at Spiaggia, Chicago’s only four-star Italian restaurant, where she quickly climbed up the ranks to her current position as executive chef.
Her growing knowledge of Italian food, culture and language has enabled her to create one-of-a-kind experiences for Spiaggia guests and has provided diners with the most authentic Italian dishes. To further develop her cooking skills, she travels to Italy at least once a year to work with the country’s best chefs and producers.
Grueneberg has been covered in The Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast, Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, Eater, The Feast, and The Daily Meal, among others. Grueneberg was named one of Chicago’s Rising Star Chefs by Chicago Social magazine in July 2010 and named Chicago Chef of the Year in the 2011 Eater Awards. Furthermore, Grueneberg competed against 28 other cheftestants to make it to the finals of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Texas,” where she was named the runner-up on February 29, 2012.