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Dale Levitski

Celebrity Chef and Former Top Chef Contestant

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Dale Levitski Biography

Dale Levitski was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, into a family who appreciated a home cooked meal, and to a Mother who knew the importance of her family sharing time together at the dinner table. Whether it was his Grandmother, making Gooseberry Pie, Swedish meatballs, or oftentimes, Skorpa; his Dad busy at work in the kitchen canning the goods from his carefully tended garden; or his Mother, making the youngsters favorite - chili & pasta with meatballs; he grew up in a house filled with the aromas and memories of cooking. Without realizing it, in the kitchen he had found a passion.

Like many teens, Levitski worked in restaurants during high school and college. When his financial aid fell through, he left the University of Iowa and began working at a local restaurant full-time.

Levitski fell in love with the culture of the kitchen the energy, the physicality, the sense of accomplishment with each service and decided to pursue a career as a chef. He returned to Chicago (1998), and began learning as much as he could, working first for Carol Wallack at Deleece, who taught him basics, and then for Koren Grieveson at Blackbird, which he often cites as his culinary school. After eight months at Blackbird, he accepted a position as Executive Chef to open the breakfast-focused Orange, which was an immediate consumer and critical smash.

His next move was to La Tache, a neighborhood bistro in Andersonville, where he enjoyed numerous accolades. One of the regulars was Henry Adaniya, who owned the critically acclaimed Trio (the restaurant that launched the careers of Rick Tramonto, Shawn McClain, and Grant Achatz) and Adaniya offered Levitski the opportunity to take over upon Achatz departure to open Alinea. In Adaniya, Levitski found a mentor.

After 18 months at Trios helm, Adaniya chose to close the restaurant (2006) to return to Hawaii. On a whim, Levitski applied to appear on season three of Top Chef and was selected, the first Chicagoan to compete on the popular show. He did very well, finishing as runner up and was poised for big things.

In a series of personal and professional blows, the young chef went through a difficult period, losing his mother after a long and arduous fight with cancer, and his dream restaurant to the financial meltdown the combination of the two led to a profound period of depression for Levitski.

True to his character, he fought through and in 2009, took over at Lincoln Parks Sprout restaurant, where he found a new home. Owner Mike Causevic allowed Levitski the freedom to express himself creatively as a chef, and the accolades followed, including being selected a semifinalist by the esteemed James Beard Foundation for the Best Chef: Great Lakes Region in 2011.

In 2012, Levitski opened Frog n Snail in Chicago, which offered a Midwestern Bistro menu - his local take on European classics.

In 2014, Levitski closed both Sprout and Frog n Snail when he moved to Nashville, TN, where he has since worked on restaurant projects including Simena, Fin & Pearl, and EiO.

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Dale Levitski Biography

Dale Levitski was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, into a family who appreciated a home cooked meal, and to a Mother who knew the importance of her family sharing time together at the dinner table. Whether it was his Grandmother, making Gooseberry Pie, Swedish meatballs, or oftentimes, Skorpa; his Dad busy at work in the kitchen canning the goods from his carefully tended garden; or his Mother, making the youngsters favorite - chili & pasta with meatballs; he grew up in a house filled with the aromas and memories of cooking. Without realizing it, in the kitchen he had found a passion.

Like many teens, Levitski worked in restaurants during high school and college. When his financial aid fell through, he left the University of Iowa and began working at a local restaurant full-time.

Levitski fell in love with the culture of the kitchen the energy, the physicality, the sense of accomplishment with each service and decided to pursue a career as a chef. He returned to Chicago (1998), and began learning as much as he could, working first for Carol Wallack at Deleece, who taught him basics, and then for Koren Grieveson at Blackbird, which he often cites as his culinary school. After eight months at Blackbird, he accepted a position as Executive Chef to open the breakfast-focused Orange, which was an immediate consumer and critical smash.

His next move was to La Tache, a neighborhood bistro in Andersonville, where he enjoyed numerous accolades. One of the regulars was Henry Adaniya, who owned the critically acclaimed Trio (the restaurant that launched the careers of Rick Tramonto, Shawn McClain, and Grant Achatz) and Adaniya offered Levitski the opportunity to take over upon Achatz departure to open Alinea. In Adaniya, Levitski found a mentor.

After 18 months at Trios helm, Adaniya chose to close the restaurant (2006) to return to Hawaii. On a whim, Levitski applied to appear on season three of Top Chef and was selected, the first Chicagoan to compete on the popular show. He did very well, finishing as runner up and was poised for big things.

In a series of personal and professional blows, the young chef went through a difficult period, losing his mother after a long and arduous fight with cancer, and his dream restaurant to the financial meltdown the combination of the two led to a profound period of depression for Levitski.

True to his character, he fought through and in 2009, took over at Lincoln Parks Sprout restaurant, where he found a new home. Owner Mike Causevic allowed Levitski the freedom to express himself creatively as a chef, and the accolades followed, including being selected a semifinalist by the esteemed James Beard Foundation for the Best Chef: Great Lakes Region in 2011.

In 2012, Levitski opened Frog n Snail in Chicago, which offered a Midwestern Bistro menu - his local take on European classics.

In 2014, Levitski closed both Sprout and Frog n Snail when he moved to Nashville, TN, where he has since worked on restaurant projects including Simena, Fin & Pearl, and EiO.

Dale Levitski Videos

  • Nashville Scene Iron Fork 2015 - Dale Levitski - Sinema

FAQs on booking Dale Levitski

  • How to book Dale Levitski?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dale Levitski for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Dale Levitski, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dale Levitski or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dale Levitski?

    Booking fees for Dale Levitski, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dale Levitski, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dale Levitski?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dale Levitski for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dale Levitski for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dale Levitski or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dale Levitski or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dale Levitski is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dale Levitski for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Dale Levitski generally travels from Nashville, TN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Stephanie Izard, Marcel Vigneron, Richard Blais, Dale Talde and Harold Dieterle. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dale Levitski for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Dale Levitski Speaker Videos

  • Nashville Scene Iron Fork 2015 - Dale Levitski - Sinema

Dale Levitski News

  • Dale Levitski

    Though Sprout Executive Chef Dale Levitski has made it perfectly clear that children are not welcome at his brand-new Sunday brunch, his menu reflects someĀ ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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