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Executive Chef Sean Pharr
Chef Sean Pharr was born and raised in New London, Wisconsin. Pharr started his career at 16, working as a line cook at a popular hometown pizzeria called Jolly Rogers. He attended the University of Wisconsin Steven Point, where he studied music as a percussionist, before realizing he missed his time spent in the kitchen (and all the free pizza). Cooking provided Pharr with the gratification that music never could, while offering an outlet for his creativity. As soon as he realized this, Pharr enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Minnesota, and obtained a degree in culinary arts.
During his early career, Pharr worked in Madison, Wisconsin at Harvest, a modern French-American restaurant where locally sourced, seasonal ingredients were the focus of each dish. Striving for excellence, Pharr began to lay the groundwork for a career that involved constant opportunities to grow as a chef.
In 2005, Pharr relocated to Chicago, accepting a position at TRU, before moving to Blue Water Grill as Sous Chef. In 2009, he was sought out for Sous Chef at Osteria Via Stato. In 2010, Pharr joined the Park Hyatt Chicago for the re-launch of the hotelís dining room, NoMI Kitchen, as the Chef de Cuisine.
In 2014, Pharr accepted a position with B. Hospitality Co. working at Balena and assisting with the opening team at Formentoís. After helping with the launch of the West Loop Italian-American concept, Pharr moved over to B. Hospitality Co.ís flagship restaurant, The Bristol, as the Executive Chef. Under his direction, The Bristolís menu focused on classic flavor combinations and nose-to-tail approach to cooking.
Pharr has returned to his Wisconsin roots as the Executive Chef of the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace and the Capitol ChopHouse. His dedication to local farmers and creativity with simple but powerful ingredients has already received attention from restaurant guests and the community. He is very grateful to be back in his home state, working with farmers and other people he began his career with.
In his spare time, Pharr can be spotted spending time with his wife and two kids or hunting.