Matthias Merges is chef/owner of Yusho, Billy Sunday, and A10 in Chicago. He spent 14 years as executive chef at Charlie Trotter's.
What was the food highlight of your year?
I would have to say the highlight food experience was the Christmas party we threw for our management staff, 5 different peallas, oysters and home made Charcuterie from a pig from Four Story Hill Farms. Great wines, and most important surrounded by many people I hold close to my heart!!
What was the music highlight of your year?
The most important music and art I love throws me out of my comfort zone and makes me look at the art form from a new and interesting perspective. Nick Cave continues to produce thoughtful visceral work which forces you to sit up and pay attention.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
Music and our playlists are such an integral part of our experience in our restaurants. We place much effort in compiling relevant, provocative and talented artists which are always ones which we love. This completes the package for all the senses in our restaurants, Yusho is a great example of this and this years great moment was our last Ramen Battle, everything was tied together with the sound track... it is fantastic.