Rising Star Chef Josh Kulp of Honey Butter Fried Chicken - Biography

Chicago, IL

May 2015

Josh Kulp and Christine Cikowski are founders and co-chefs of Chicago’s beloved, decade-old Sunday Dinner Club, a tradition that transformed the warm welcome of Sunday supper into a thriving business—and also transformed Kulp and Cikowski into community heroes.  

Before opening Sunday Dinner Club, Kulp worked the kitchens of Chicago’s Tweet and Restaurant Magnus in Madison, Wisconsin. Before that, he was a fifth grade teacher in the Bronx, but something closer to hearth and home was calling. With the inception of the Club, that dream became a reality, with Kulp serving multi-course dinners alongside Cikowski. 

When they’re not keeping the city well fed and connected, the duo is involved with Restaurant Opportunity Center United and has traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby congress as restaurant owners, advocating for an increased minimum wage and number of sick days. They also write about food, travel, and their progressive business philosophies that drive their home cooked career and keep the grassroots conversation going. In 2015, Kulp earned a StarChefs Rising Star Community Chefs Award for his and Cikowski's work with Honey Butter Fried Chicken.