Sarah Grueneberg is an American chef who is head chef and owner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago. While executive chef at Spiaggia, she held a Michelin star for three years. In 2017, she was named the 2017 Best Chefs in the Great Lakes at the James Beard Foundation Awards. Grueneberg came second in the ninth season of Top Chef, and appeared on Iron Chef Gauntlet.

Sarah Grueneberg
Sarah Jayne Grueneberg

1981/1982 (age 36–37)[1]
EducationThe Art Institute of Houston
Culinary career
Cooking styleItalian cuisine


Sarah Grueneberg was brought up in Houston, Texas. She took an interest in cooking with her German grandparents.[2] She graduated from The Art Institute of Houston in 2001 with an associate degree in applied science.[3]

Following graduation, she worked at Brennan’s of Houston, becoming a sous chef in 2003. Grueneberg moved to join Spiaggia in 2005, under chef Tony Mantuano. She was promoted to purchasing sous chef in 2007, where she worked with executive chef Missy Robbins. Grueneberg was promoted to Chef di Cucina a year later, and in 2010 became executive chef.[2] While she was running the kitchen at Spiaggia, it was awarded a Michelin star for three years in a row.[4] Competing in series 9 of Bravo TV's Top Chef, she finished in second place.[5]

Grueneberg opened her own restaurant, Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio, in 2016. She had been planning it since 2013, with her friend Meg Sahs. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine.[6] In 2017, she was nominated for the first time for a James Beard Foundation Award in the category of Best Chef Great Lakes, and won the award.[7] Also that year, she appeared on the television series Iron Chef Gauntlet as one of the contestants.[8]

She also won the first episode of the television series Beat Bobby Flay which aired on 08/24/2013.


  1. ^ "30 Years in 30 Days: Sarah Grueneberg | James Beard Foundation". James Beard Foundation. November 5, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Chef Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia - Biography". StarChefs. July 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  3. ^ "Art Institutes Culinary Grad Sarah Grueneberg Named a James Beard Foundation Best Chef". PR Newswire. May 18, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "Sarah Grueneberg". Chicago Gourmet. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Bendersky, Ari (March 1, 2012). "Sarah Grueneberg Dishes on Her Top Chef Experience". Eater. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "Chef Sarah Grueneberg: The 'Monteverde' Behind Chicago's Hottest Pasta Spot". OpenTable. March 22, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Shi, Maggie (May 2, 2017). "Guess Which Top Chef Alum Won a 2017 James Beard Award?". Bravo TV. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  8. ^ Hernandez, Joseph (March 2, 2017). "Sarah Grueneberg and Stephanie Izard to compete for Iron Chef glory in new show". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 28, 2017.

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