Featured chef is Madison College grad
September 12, 2011
From onmilwaukee.com: “Featured chef: Justin Carlisli, Umami Moto” – Last month, SURG Restaurant group snatched up three-time James Beard Award nominee Justin Carlisle to run the kitchen at Umami Moto.
Earlier this year, Carlisle – who is from Sparta in Monroe County – left Madison’s 43 North to take a post at The Bristol in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood.
Carlisle, who is now already at work at Umami Moto on Milwaukee Street, attended culinary school at Madison Area Technical College and has also worked or has been a partner at a number of Madison restaurants, including Harvest, Muramoto and Haze, as well as at Chicago’s Tru and The Greenbriar Resort in West Virginia.
His most recent Beard Award nomination arrived this past February when he was named in the “Best Chef: Midwest” category alongside Sanford’s Justin Aprahamian, Hinterland’s Dan Van Rite and Tory Miller of Madison’s L’Etoile.
When he told me the news, Shaikh called Carlisle an “awesome chef. He’s a … great guy, great vision and great attitude. He’ll be a great addition.”