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Rick Tramonto's 24-year restaurant career has been a climb to the stars. With the stellar success of his current culinary endeavor,Chicago's TRU, Tramonto has become a star in his own right. "Tramonto is a blend of mad scientist and magician in the kitchen. He is innovative, creative and somewhat an illusionist," described Pat Bruno of the Chicago Sun-Times.

 

A native ofRochester,NY, Tramonto became disinterested in traditional academics during his teen years, choosing instead to enroll in a vocational tech program where he began developing his cooking skills.

He then went to work full-time at Wendy's old fashioned hamburgers to help out his family, earning $200 for a six-day workweek. He left after two years becoming grill/sauté cook at the Scotch & Sirloin, which led to his first real culinary experience at the Strathallen hotel. Under the tutelage of Chef Greg Broman, Tramonto learned the techniques of classic French cuisine in the hotel's first class kitchen.

Young and ambitious, Tramonto moved toNew York Cityin 1985 where he worked at the legendary Tavern on the Green. From there he joined Chef Alfred Portale as line cook at Gotham Bar & Grill and was part of the brigade awarded three stars by the New York Times. He also worked under Chef Gerard Panguad atAurora. Tramonto was brought toChicagoby noted restaurateur Richard Melman in 1987 to work at his popular Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc. establishments, including Avanzare, Scoozi, and the Pump Room.

Tramonto moved to Charlie Trotter's in 1989. Soon he received a call from Bob Payton, who operated 14 American-style restaurants inLondon(My Kinda Town, Ltd.) and 17 other venues acrossEurope. Payton asked Tramonto and his culinary partner Gale Gand to transform the kitchen and cuisine at his award-winning country-house hotel,StaplefordPark, in Leicestershire, outsideLondon. They accepted the opportunity to live and work inEngland,FranceandSpain. Their proudest moment was receiving the coveted Michelin Guide's Red "M" after only a year at Stapleford, a feat not accomplished by an American in five years.

Tramonto reopened the historic Criterion Brasserie inPiccadilly Circus,London, the restaurant made famous in a Sherlock Holmes novel, with Bob Payton and Rocko Forte of the Trusthouse Forte Hotel Group. These experiences abroad allowed him to work with some of the world's greatest chefs including Chef Pierre Gagnaire, Chef Anton Mosimann, Chef Michel Guerard and Chef Raymond Blanc. He returned toChicagoafter a four year experience abroad.

 

Tramonto's passion for food, unique culinary style and his proven track record at home and abroad provided him a solid foundation to partner in a successful restaurant. When he and Gand opened Trio in 1993, the restaurant was an immediate triumph, earning Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel's first four-star rating in six years. 1994 saw the opening of Brasserie T inNorthfield,IL& in 1995 they introduced the Vanilla Bean Bakery. Their first cookbook, American Brasserie, hit the shelves in late October 1997 and was named as a finalist in the IACP/Julia Child Cookbok Awards.

 

May 1999 saw the opening of TRU, an acronym for “Tramonto” and “Unlimited.” Tramonto's goal when opening TRU was to remain true to his art, keep flavors true, use unlimited creativity and have access to unlimited resources from around the world. Critics agree — Tramonto has remained true to this vision — a vision born when Tramonto partnered with Rich Melman and Executive Pastry Chef Gale Gand.

 

Tramonto & Gand’s second book, Butter Flour Sugar Eggs, released in October 1999, was nominated for the 2000 James Beard Award for the Best Cookbook in the Baking and Desserts category. In October 2002, Random House published Tramonto’s third cookbook Amuse-Bouche, which features the little bites Tramonto has become known for.

 

Tramonto has a history of television work, including “Oprah”, “Today”, “CBS This Morning” and the TV Food Network. His sixth cookbook, “Fantastico!”, is a tour ofItalyone small plate at a time and will be released in autumn 2007. In 2006 he founded Cenitare Restaurants with culinary partner Gale Gand , a restaurant management and development company which opened four new concepts The Westin Chicago North Shore, including Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood, Osteria di Tramonto and RT Lounge.

 

Tramonto is president of Tramonto Cuisine, which encompasses his work as an author and a corporate spokesperson. In addition to his best selling cookbooks, Tramonto has lent his expertise as a spokesperson and consultant to many well-known companies including, Nestle, Sunkist, the American Dairy Association, Chef's Catalogue, Illy Coffee, and Isi North America, just to name a few.

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Rick Tramonto Biography

Rick Tramonto's 24-year restaurant career has been a climb to the stars. With the stellar success of his current culinary endeavor,Chicago's TRU, Tramonto has become a star in his own right. "Tramonto is a blend of mad scientist and magician in the kitchen. He is innovative, creative and somewhat an illusionist," described Pat Bruno of the Chicago Sun-Times.

 

A native ofRochester,NY, Tramonto became disinterested in traditional academics during his teen years, choosing instead to enroll in a vocational tech program where he began developing his cooking skills.

He then went to work full-time at Wendy's old fashioned hamburgers to help out his family, earning $200 for a six-day workweek. He left after two years becoming grill/sauté cook at the Scotch & Sirloin, which led to his first real culinary experience at the Strathallen hotel. Under the tutelage of Chef Greg Broman, Tramonto learned the techniques of classic French cuisine in the hotel's first class kitchen.

Young and ambitious, Tramonto moved toNew York Cityin 1985 where he worked at the legendary Tavern on the Green. From there he joined Chef Alfred Portale as line cook at Gotham Bar & Grill and was part of the brigade awarded three stars by the New York Times. He also worked under Chef Gerard Panguad atAurora. Tramonto was brought toChicagoby noted restaurateur Richard Melman in 1987 to work at his popular Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc. establishments, including Avanzare, Scoozi, and the Pump Room.

Tramonto moved to Charlie Trotter's in 1989. Soon he received a call from Bob Payton, who operated 14 American-style restaurants inLondon(My Kinda Town, Ltd.) and 17 other venues acrossEurope. Payton asked Tramonto and his culinary partner Gale Gand to transform the kitchen and cuisine at his award-winning country-house hotel,StaplefordPark, in Leicestershire, outsideLondon. They accepted the opportunity to live and work inEngland,FranceandSpain. Their proudest moment was receiving the coveted Michelin Guide's Red "M" after only a year at Stapleford, a feat not accomplished by an American in five years.

Tramonto reopened the historic Criterion Brasserie inPiccadilly Circus,London, the restaurant made famous in a Sherlock Holmes novel, with Bob Payton and Rocko Forte of the Trusthouse Forte Hotel Group. These experiences abroad allowed him to work with some of the world's greatest chefs including Chef Pierre Gagnaire, Chef Anton Mosimann, Chef Michel Guerard and Chef Raymond Blanc. He returned toChicagoafter a four year experience abroad.

 

Tramonto's passion for food, unique culinary style and his proven track record at home and abroad provided him a solid foundation to partner in a successful restaurant. When he and Gand opened Trio in 1993, the restaurant was an immediate triumph, earning Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel's first four-star rating in six years. 1994 saw the opening of Brasserie T inNorthfield,IL& in 1995 they introduced the Vanilla Bean Bakery. Their first cookbook, American Brasserie, hit the shelves in late October 1997 and was named as a finalist in the IACP/Julia Child Cookbok Awards.

 

May 1999 saw the opening of TRU, an acronym for “Tramonto” and “Unlimited.” Tramonto's goal when opening TRU was to remain true to his art, keep flavors true, use unlimited creativity and have access to unlimited resources from around the world. Critics agree — Tramonto has remained true to this vision — a vision born when Tramonto partnered with Rich Melman and Executive Pastry Chef Gale Gand.

 

Tramonto & Gand’s second book, Butter Flour Sugar Eggs, released in October 1999, was nominated for the 2000 James Beard Award for the Best Cookbook in the Baking and Desserts category. In October 2002, Random House published Tramonto’s third cookbook Amuse-Bouche, which features the little bites Tramonto has become known for.

 

Tramonto has a history of television work, including “Oprah”, “Today”, “CBS This Morning” and the TV Food Network. His sixth cookbook, “Fantastico!”, is a tour ofItalyone small plate at a time and will be released in autumn 2007. In 2006 he founded Cenitare Restaurants with culinary partner Gale Gand , a restaurant management and development company which opened four new concepts The Westin Chicago North Shore, including Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood, Osteria di Tramonto and RT Lounge.

 

Tramonto is president of Tramonto Cuisine, which encompasses his work as an author and a corporate spokesperson. In addition to his best selling cookbooks, Tramonto has lent his expertise as a spokesperson and consultant to many well-known companies including, Nestle, Sunkist, the American Dairy Association, Chef's Catalogue, Illy Coffee, and Isi North America, just to name a few.

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  • How to book Rick Tramonto?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Rick Tramonto for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment 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. Fill out a booking request form for Rick Tramonto, 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 Rick Tramonto or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Rick Tramonto?

    Booking fees for Rick Tramonto, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker 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 Rick Tramonto, 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 Rick Tramonto?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rick Tramonto 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 Rick Tramonto 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 Rick Tramonto or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rick Tramonto 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.

Rick Tramonto is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Rick Tramonto for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Rick Tramonto generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are John Folse, Stephanie Izard, Zakary Pelaccio, Stephan Pyles and Shannon Bennett. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rick Tramonto for an upcoming event.

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