Chef John Hogan of River Roast - Biography

Chicago, IL

May 2015

Throughout his 30-plus year career, John Hogan has cooked in Chicago’s most notable kitchens. But his love of food began as a child, watching his mother prepare dinner. In his teens and early 20s he would dine at Chicago’s finest French restaurants and recreate the meals at home. After graduating from Dumas Pere L’Ecole de la Cuisine Francaise, Hogan held posts at Everest, Le Perroquet, L’Escargot, and Park Avenue Café.

He gained city-wide recognition at Kiki’s Bistro and then national attention for Savarin, which earned a spot on Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Top 50 Restaurants” list, as well as “Best New Restaurant” in 1999 from Chicago Magazine, and “Best Restaurant” by Esquire. In 2001, Hogan joined Glenn Keefer at Keefer’s as executive chef, making Playboy’s “Top 10 Steakhouses” list and earning recognition from Food Network for Chicago’s best steak. Presently, Hogan is executive chef of Tony Mantuano’s River Roast.