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Richard Michael "Rick" Tramonto (born May 30, 1963) is a
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author. He was executive chef and partner in Tru, a contemporary fine-dining restaurant from
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Biography

A native of
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, Tramonto began his culinary career working in a
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. He later worked in
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. In 1994, while at Trio in
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, Tramonto was named among ''
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's'' Top Ten Best New Chefs. In 1999, he opened Tru with culinary partner
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. Tramonto and his partners at Tru won the 2007 James Beard Foundation Award for Service. Tramonto was named the "Best Chef: Midwest Region" by The James Beard Foundation in 2002. At this time, Rick was also a featured chef on
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, Great Chefs - Great Cities, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, and Iron Chef America. Tramonto founded Cenitare Restaurants in 2006, opening several restaurants in a Wheeling, Illinois hotel, including Tramonto's Steak & Seafood (now closed), Osteria di Tramonto (now closed) and RT Lounge (now closed). He left the company in 2009. Tramonto left Tru in 2010.


Works

* ''Butter, Sugar, Flour, Eggs'' * ''American Brasserie'' * ''Amuse-Bouche'' * ''Tru'' * ''Fantastico! '' * ''Steak with Friends" *"Scars of a Chef" On July 30, 2006, he and Gale Gand appeared on Iron Chef: America. Losing to Mario Batali (53 - 46) In 2010, appeared on Bravo (US TV channel), Bravo's Top Chef Masters Season 2. He was eliminated in the fourth episode of the season.


Home on the Range, Restaurant Development

On August 25, 2010, Tramonto announced his partnership with Chef John Folse and the formation of Home on the Range: Folse Tramonto Restaurant Development, LLC. Their first joint venture is Restaurant R’evolution, which opened in 2011 at 777 Bienville St. in the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans. Restaurant R’evolution offers contemporary Creole cuisine. Their second venture is Seafood R'evolution, which opened in 2014 in Ridgeland MS, just outside Jackson.


External links

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Restaurant R'evolution, New OrleansSeafood Revolution, Ridgeland MS


References

Iron Chef America: Batali versus Gand & Tramonto: Fennel
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