Board Member, Chicago Green City Market
James Beard Award-winning Chef Carrie Nahabedian started her career cooking in the Ritz Carlton dining room while still attending high school in the northern suburbs of Chicago. The path took her from the kitchens of the Ritz to Le Perroquet, Jovan, and Le Francais to LaTour at the Park Hyatt and ultimately to be an Executive Chef with Four Seasons Hotels in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, but also around the world to experience cuisine, service and dining.
In 2000, Carrie returned home to her native Chicago and opened NAHA restaurant with her cousin Michael Nahabedian, where it went on to win multiple Michelin stars for consecutive years. While NAHA serves to highlight Carrie and Michael's shared Mediterranean heritage, in the spring of 2013 the duo teamed up again to open Brindille, whose intimate space was intended to be reminiscent of their favorite spots in Paris. Like NAHA, Michael’s brother Tom Nabahedian oversaw its architecture and interior design. Featuring “refined Parisian” fare, Brindille located just up the street from NAHA in Chicago’s bustling River North neighborhood.