A Top Chef Masters Joins Big Bowl

Patricia Yeo to assist the Lettuce Entertain You concept expand and grow

(Chicago, Minneapolis, Reston, VA., January 3, 2013) - Patricia Yeo, lauded for her culinary breadth and knowledge of Asian cooking, has a new home: Chicago. As a part of the Big Bowl team, she will be working with Executive Chef Marc Bernard to grow and evolve the casual Chinese and Thai menu as well as develop a new concept. “There are a number of directions we could go for the next concept, but it will be Marc and Patricia who will get us there,” says Dan McGowan, president of Big Bowl. “Patricia will also help the team with our expansion into airports and other non traditional venues.”

Since choosing the kitchen instead of a lab after earning a doctorate in biochemistry at Princeton University, Yeo has made a mark in each city that she has called home. The Oregon native worked with the legendary Barbara Tropp at China Moon Cafe, opened Hawthorne Lane in San Francisco with Anne Gingrass and helped Bobby Flay launch his first New York restaurants, Mesa Grill and Bolo. Yeo’s first solo venture, AZ in New York, earned three stars from the New York Times and worldwide accolades.

For the last few years, she has lived in Boston, opening Ginger Hill, Om and then Moksa. Last year, Yeo competed in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, making it to the final four. She is currently working on a PBS cooking show and a new cookbook on Asian street food scheduled for release at the end of the year.

“Chicago seemed like the next logical option - I’m looking forward to moving there,” says Yeo. “It’s such a great food city.”

The decision to sign on with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and Big Bowl was simple. At this point in her career, she’s more interested in casual food and reaching more diners with cuisine that everyone can enjoy.

Big Bowl, she says, also shares the same principles as she does - sustainability, locally sourced and grown food and doing business with local purveyors. She was especially impressed with Rustic Road Farm, the venture Bernard started last year that supplies Big Bowl and other LEYE concepts with produce and eggs.

“We couldn’t be more excited,” says Bernard. “Expect some exciting changes.”

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 # # #About Big Bowl
Big Bowl is a pioneering Asian restaurant, distinctive in cuisine, vibrant in design and true in its commitment to earth-friendly practices, and sustainable and seasonal products. Integrity defines Big Bowl, from the authentic Chinese and Thai ingredients that sync traditional flavors with contemporary tastes to supporting small and local businesses. Big Bowl is located at 6 E. Cedar Ave., Chicago, (312) 640-8888; 60 E. Ohio Ave., Chicago, (312) 951-1888; 215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880; 1950 East Higgins St., Schaumburg, (847) 517-8881; 3669 Galleria, Edina, MN., (952) 928-7888; 1705 Highway 36 W., Roseville, MN., (651) 636-7173; 12649 Wayzata Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN.,(952) 797-9888; and 11915  Democracy Drive, Reston, VA., (703) 787-8852.

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