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The Year of Mike Sheerin

The Year of Mike Sheerin

He also announced he would take the role of executive chef at Embeya

 

The Year of Mike Sheerin

The Year of Mike Sheerin

 

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Everybody loves a comeback. Just look at the years-long fanfare following the demise and subsequent renaissance of Britney Spears. Right here in Chicago, we’re in the midst of one of the greatest culinary renaissances, happening to one of our most promising chefs. This isn’t to suggest that Mike Sheerin self-imploded like Britney, but the chef definitely had his fair share of drama in recent years (see: departures from Trenchermen and Cicchetti). Now, 2015 is truly shaping up to be the year of Sheerin.

Dumplings at Packed

Dumplings at Packed

 

Following his seemingly abrupt exit from Cicchetti, Sheerin’s first announcement came earlier this year in the form of a dumpling. To be precise, Sheerin was planning a dumpling restaurant called Packed for Hyde Park, a bit of a far cry from his background at places like Blackbird and Trenchermen. The surprising announcement signaled and affirmed the uprising of Hyde Park as a dining destination, as well as a new career era for the talented chef. “Dumplings reimagined” became the promising tagline for Packed, where Sheerin is working to showcase the international mainstay in a variety of contemporary new ways. Unlike typical dim sum or empanadas, Packed will feature outre creations like Reuben dumplings and broccoli dumplings in black sesame wrappers.

 

In case that wasn’t enough, while Sheerin was teasing his new dumpling endeavor, he also announced he would take the role of executive chef at Embeya.

 

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