Here's an interview with Rick Tramonto, including some background on his latest published work, "Steak with Friends: At Home, with Rick Tramonto."
Tramonto's culinary abilities have proved to be wide ranging. In the late 90s, Tramonto and pastry chef Gail Gand opened Tru restaurant just a few steps off posh North Michigan Avenue. The new Tru was one jaw-droppingly ethereal experience: Meticulously prepared, gorgeous plates served in a decadent ambiance ideally timed with the booming real estate/internet era. 'Tru-ly," getting a table reservation was a feat.
After that serious foodie high jump (which is a going concern; visit http://www.trurestaurant.com), it seems strange to find Tramonto with this family-oriented cookbook. But the chef was also part of suburban Brasserie T, a large operation that catapulted burgers and fries--along with the rest of its casual French-American fare--to the sublime. In 2005 he opened Tramonto's Steak & Seafood in Wheeling, Illinois, among other ventures.
Tramonto has it all; he's a versatile, prolific, world class chef--with longevity. Great Taste looks forward to picking up a copy of his newest cookbook.