Mark Steuer

Chef

Chicago

Mark Steuer is the executive chef at Chicago's The Bedford — a kitchen and bar in the eclectic Wicker Park neighborhood. His interest in cuisine first sparked as a server, working his way through school at the University of Wisconsin. When he stepped in for an absent chef, he discovered his culinary calling. After a quick promotion to sous chef, he left Madison for Chicago, where his fervor for food evolved into a culinary career. Hanging his chef's hat at Mindy's Hot Chocolate, he rose in the ranks from line cook to executive chef, gaining plenty of accolades. On the heels of his success, he consulted on the menu for Rootstock before taking over the role of the executive sous chef at The Gage. Blending well-honed culinary skills with a grounded yet inventive personality, Steuer is making a name for himself at The Bedford.

  • On September 21, 2012
    Mark Steuer answered the question: Mark Steuer

    What are Mark Steuer's favorite restaurants?

    That’s a tough question. Depending on where I am — in Chicago, I’m a creature of habit. When I travel I like to find out of the way places that are typical of that region of cuisine. Like when I was in Portland, I was by myself for a week. I just went to the nearest little bar I could find and started talking to people who worked there. People who work in the industry tend to know the places to go. So they gave me a list, and I just went from there, and kept talking to people. Kind of seeking out cool stuff. 
  • On September 21, 2012
    Mark Steuer answered the question: Mark Steuer

    What are Mark Steuer's favorite cities?

    Tough question. In the U.S., over the last couple of years probably Portland, Ore., San Francisco and New York just because of the cuisines they have. Portland and San Francisco are the last two trips I’ve been on and I really enjoyed the many different types of restaurants there were and they’re all really really small. Whereas, when you go New York, they’re all big and grandiose, but I really enjoyed the small feel. It’s almost like they’re all independent restaurants but in New York they have big groups that have many different concepts. Internationally, it’s been a couple of years; but I really enjoyed Barcelona and Munich — I was there a few years ago. 
  • On September 21, 2012
    Mark Steuer answered the question: Mark Steuer

    What features does Mark Steuer's ideal hotel have?

    A stocked mini-bar. I'm kind of joking and kind of serious.
  • On September 21, 2012
    Mark Steuer answered the question: Mark Steuer

    What does Mark Steuer always travel with?

    Not much, actually. I try to leave a bunch of room in my bag when I'm traveling, because I have a really bad habit of buying a bunch of stuff when I'm traveling. Usually a camera, I guess. Phone charger for sure. Lately I've been bringing my iPad so I can keep notes about what I've been eating and drinking and things I see that I like.
  • On September 21, 2012
    Mark Steuer answered the question: Mark Steuer

    What are Mark Steuer's favorite hotels?

    Ace Hotels — mostly because I like the feel urban and raw but they're also very comfortable. The first one I've ever stayed in is in Portland, Oregon. And after that, I stayed at the one in New York. I enjoyed both of them very much. I prefer hotels like Ace. I'm a very simple guy and I don't need a lot of attention. It's nice for me that it's comfortable and I need something it's there but I don't need to be doted on, you know.
  • On August 23, 2012
    Mark Steuer answered the question: Mark Steuer

    What are Mark Steuer's favorite hotels?

    Ace Hotels — mostly because I like the feel urban and raw but they're also very comfortable. The first one I've ever stayed in is in Portland, Oregon. And after that, I stayed at the one in New York. I enjoyed both of them very much. I prefer hotels like Ace. I'm a very simple guy and I don't need a lot of attention. It's nice for me that it's comfortable and I need something it's there but I don't need to be doted on, you know.
  • On August 23, 2012
    Mark Steuer answered the question: Mark Steuer

    What are Mark Steuer's favorite hotels?

    Ace Hotels — mostly because I like the feel urban and raw but they're also very comfortable. The first one I've ever stayed in is in Portland, Oregon. And after that, I stayed at the one in New York. I enjoyed both of them very much. I prefer hotels like Ace. I'm a very simple guy and I don't need a lot of attention. It's nice for me that it's comfortable and I need something it's there but I don't need to be doted on, you know.