Matthias Merges is the Executive Chef of Yusho, a yakitori restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Matthias has spent most of two decades cooking and living in Chicago, most notably as the Executive Chef at Charlie Trotters for the past 14 years. While with Trotters, Matthias honed skills in innovative cuisine, exemplary service, notable wine acquisitions, business expansion, corporate consulting, cuisine product development, cookbook projects, philanthropic programs as well as international event coordination.
Matthias began working at restaurants at age 14 and formalized his quest of cuisine at the Culinary Institute of America. He refined his skills and direction in the years following culinary school at Chicago restaurants such as Carlos’, The 95th, LaTour at the Park Hyatt, and Gabriel’s. With the tools gained from these experiences, Matthias opened Metropolitan in Salt Lake City as chef and co-owner. Metropolitan received several accolades including “Best Restaurant Inter-Mountain West.”