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Good Eats Group has announced the appointment of Amanda Barnes as chef de cuisine.

Working alongside Good Eats Group co-owners and operators John McLean and Martin Murch, Barnes supports the culinary direction of the group’s roster of brick-and-mortar and ghost kitchen concepts, including Burger Bar Chicago, Sono Wood Fired Chicago, Sociale Chicago, Café Press Chicago, Good Eats at Home, and newly opened Charred Wing Bar Chicago. The group focuses on casual, chef-driven dining experiences with menu items inspired by the team’s global experiences.

“What drew me to Good Eats Group was the collaborative and inclusive spirit,” says Barnes. “All employees are encouraged to contribute to the group’s development and that’s something I wanted to be part of. We have dishes and cocktails on the menu that are passed down family recipes from team members of all positions; it’s an environment for everyone to grow together.”

A Texas native, Barnes established herself in Chicago’s culinary scene beginning in 2007 with positions at establishments including Moto, The Publican, Hot Chocolate, Celeste, The Alinea Group, and most recently, The Hotel at Midtown including Midtown Athletic Club and Chromium Restaurant. During her tenure, Barnes has opened 11 new restaurant concepts and consulted on various branding and menu development projects. Her culinary focus is cultivating an approach to American cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients. Outside of the kitchen, Barnes enjoys spending time with her family, reading classic sci-fi novels, and pickling various ingredients.


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