Adorn Bar & Restaurant, Chicago’s first restaurant in partnership with James Beard award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer and located in the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, announced the appointment of two new food and beverage hires to join the growing team: Pastry Chef Juan Gutierrez and Lead Mixologist Kristine Schranz.
“We are thrilled to welcome Juan and Kristine to Adorn Bar & Restaurant,” said William Mitchell, restaurant general manager at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. “They both come to Adorn with extensive culinary and beverage experience, and we know their respective talents, expertise, and ingenuity in the kitchen and bar will be excellent additions to the Adorn team.”
Hailing from Cartago, Colombia, Pastry Chef Gutierrez dreamed of cooking and baking professionally from a young age and studied culinary arts initially in his home country, followed by relocation to Chicago and completion of his schooling at The French Pastry School.
At age 24, Gutierrez acquired the title of executive pastry chef at Longman & Eagle and one of his defining career moments occurred at age 25, when he was nominated for a Jean Banchet Award, “Rising Pastry Chef of the Year.” Prior to joining the team at Adorn, Gutierrez led the pastry kitchen at Virgin Hotels Chicago. As Adorn’s pastry chef, Gutierrez oversees the creation and execution of desserts at the restaurant. He describes his style as cultured and whimsical and enjoys designing desserts that play with all senses and create conversation pieces. Some of his dessert creations include the Colombia Tierra Querida with coffee mousse, Arequipe cremeux, and obleas and Tropical Parisienne with tropical baba, coconut sorbet, and fermented pineapple.
“I love inspiring moments of connection for our guests by enticing the senses through unique dessert creations,” said Juan Gutierrez, pastry chef at Adorn Bar & Restaurant. “My menu is about telling a story and inspired by art. It’s not only about experiencing a good dessert, but more of a captivating experience – I’m thrilled to be part of the Adorn team.”
Lead mixologist Schranz holds over eight years of experience working in the restaurant industry, where she’s been a contributor to menu development for contemporary beverage programs. Trained in the art and execution of craft cocktails, Schranz has worked for several Chicago-based dining destinations, including SABA Italian Bar + Kitchen, The Victor Bar, and most recently, Proxi. Now, she helms the beverage program at Adorn, lending her fresh take on libations and offering guests a new era of craft cocktails inspired by Chicago’s urban environment and oasis within. Her drink creations include the East Egg with Aquaviva Cachaça, Cynar, Green Chartreuse, lime grapefruit, and Peychaud’s, and Hot Nights in the Ciudad with Libelula Tequila, Ancho Reyes, tamarind, lemon, ginger, Angostura, and smoke.
“I am delighted to join Chef Sawyer’s stellar culinary team,” said Kristine Schranz, lead mixologist at Adorn Bar & Restaurant. “I very much look forward to bringing my beverage experience to the restaurant and putting an artistic and exciting spin on classic cocktails, while making Adorn a go-to destination for drinks in Chicago.”