Though Dale Levitski became a household name through Top Chef, where he was a runner up on the third season of Bravo’s national cooking competition show, his culinary accolades reach beyond his time on television. Over the course of 15 years, Levitski has received numerous honors for his cooking, including being tied to three different best new restaurant awards by Chicago Magazine. He has received four Jean Banchet Award nominations, including rising star chef, celebrity chef, and twice for best neighborhood restaurant. He has cooked three times at the James Beard House by invitation, most recently representing Sinema with a “Nashville Buzz” themed dinner.
His culinary experience began in high school, and his training includes working for the likes of Carol Wallack at Deleece and Paul Kahan at Blackbird. He opened the breakfast-focused Orange, followed by La Tache, which was named one of the “Best New Bistros in North America” by Food and Wine magazine. Following his success on Top Chef, Levitski took over Lincoln Park’s Sprout restaurant, during which time he was selected as a semifinalist for “Best Chef: Great Lakes Region” in 2011 by the James Beard Foundation. With Sprout owner Mike Causevic, Levitski opened Frog n Snail, a Midwestern bistro, in his own neighborhood. Levitski most recently spent time as a guest chef at Montana’s The Resort at Paws Up, before relocating to Nashville to open Sinema. Under Levitksi’s guidance, Sinema has achieved many local and national accolades in its first year of business.