The Chicago-based Mercadito Hospitality has announced Guillermo Tellez as chef/partner. In this role, Tellez will oversee the culinary direction of the group's notable concepts and growing portfolio.
The partnership marks Tellez's return to Chicago after cooking with Chef Charlie Trotter for 16 years, becoming his chef de cuisine and opening Trotter's C Restaurant in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.Tellez then worked with Starr Restaurants in Philadelphia and most recently lead Kimpton Restaurants' Square 1682 at Hotel Palomar and Red Owl Tavern at Hotel Monaco as corporate chef.
"Guillermo's vast experience and versatility as a chef is an ideal complement to our group," says Alfredo Sandoval, Mercadito Hospitality managing partner. "As we welcome him into our family, we look forward to developing the next chapter for both our existing and future restaurants. We are confident that he - in concert with existing chef/partner Patricio Sandoval - will champion our commitment to providing great food and exciting, memorable dining experiences."