Partner & Chef, Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio
Originally from Houston, Grueneberg moved to Chicago in 2005 to join the team at the award-winning Spiaggia under the leadership of Tony Mantuano. Beginning as a line cook, she quickly rose the ranks to Chef di Cucina in 2008 and then Executive Chef in 2010.
After graduating from culinary school in 2001, she started her first career-changing job at Brennan’s of Houston and in 2003 was named the restaurant’s youngest female sous chef. Grueneberg has traveled throughout Italy, Asia, Europe and the U.S., which has inspired her culinary approach as chef/partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio, which she opened in November 2015. Upon opening, the restaurant received numerous accolades including: Food & Wine’s “America’s Best Restaurants,” a top 50 finalist in Bon Appetit’s “Best New Restaurants,” Eater’s "21 Best New Restaurants in America,” GQ’s “12 Best New Restaurants,” and Chicago Magazine’s “15 Best New Restaurants,” among others.
In 2017, Grueneberg received her first James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Great Lakes.” Grueneberg was a contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Texas” making it as runner-up for the season. In April 2017, Grueneberg returned to TV as a competitor and finalist on Food Network’s “Iron Chef Gauntlet.” She has also been named a “Rising Star Chef” by Chicago Social magazine in 2009 and 2016 and Eater Chicago’s “Chef of the Year” in the 2011 Eater Awards.