2021 Chicago Rising Star Pastry Chef Lucas Trahan of Ever

2021 Chicago Rising Star Pastry Chef Lucas Trahan of Ever
September 2021

Although Lucas Trahan started as a culinary student at Johnson & Wales in Denver, he decided that the business side of hospitality would be more worthwhile. So in 2011, he transferred to The Art Institute of Dallas to study food service management and picked up jobs at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in 2012 and Chef Matt McCallister’s locally driven FT33 in 2013. When Pastry Chef Maggie Huff needed to take time away from the FT33 kitchen, Trahan filled in at the pastry station. When she returned, Lucas decided to stay by her side and lean into the pastry side of the line.

After a stage turned into a full-time food running position at Grace in Chicago, Trahan found his way back to pastry. He landed a pastry chef position at Entente before taking on the role of pastry sous with the opening team of Chef Erling Wu-Bower's Pacific Standard Time. He then landed the pastry chef role at Chef Curtis Duffy’s refined tasting menu restaurant, Ever, in 2020. Thoughtfully prepared for the end of a tasting menu, Trahan’s desserts are ethereal, delicate, and full of whimsy.