1. Matt Troost joined the farm-to-table movement while working at the prestigious Montagna at The Little Nell in Aspen CO. There he learned artisan crafts such as curing meats and making cheese. After four years he made his move to Chicago and spent time at The Peninsula Hotel and then Fianco as executive chef. In 2010, his dream became reality when he opened the Chicago favorite Three Aces, known for it’s funky, low-key vibe and outstanding burgers.

    Since then he’s won the Golden Rasher at the 2012 Baconfest and the People’s Choice at the 2012 Chicago Gourmet Hamburger Hop. Matt continues to push the envelope with interesting combinations rooted in comfort food while still staying true to local purveyors. His philosophy: “What grows together, goes together.”

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    This is just one in a series of tastemaker films currently featured on the Mariano's site.
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    Creative Director James Gustin
    Cover Ad photographed by fig photo photographer: Eric Rademacher
    Filmed by: Kristen Sargeon and Megan Welham
    Edited by: Megan Welham

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  2. Tom found his true passion by chance; a simple stop into a local flower store to buy some flowers for his mom. He later acquired the store along with valuable skills in event planning. Today, Kehoe Designs is a nationally recognized company and one of the largest event firms in Chicago, which thrives on design challenges and pushing the limits. He is known for transforming spaces into legendary events and one-of-a-kind galas, captivating partygoers with his food displays and sense of ambience for more than 17 years.

    fig films was comissioned by Splash magazine to create branded content for one of its advertisers; Mariano's.
    This is just one in a series of tastemaker films currently featured on the Mariano's site.
    marianos.com/tastemakers

    Creative Director James Gustin
    Cover Ad photographed by fig photo photographer: Eric Rademacher
    Filmed by: Kristen Sargeon and Megan Welham
    Edited by: Megan Welham

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  3. Starting at the tender age of eight, Chef Tony Priolo has been immersed in authentic Italian cooking. From his Sicilian grandmother’s kitchen in Chicago to a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Tuscany, Tony has developed a very distinct and clean rustic cooking style, and even had a hand in the development of Mariano’s signature Sicilian pizza and sauce. Today he focuses on finding the best ingredients possible to elevate his recipes and provide guests of Piccolo Sogno with a true Italian dining experience.

    fig films was comissioned by Splash magazine to create branded content for one of its advertisers; Mariano's.
    This is just one in a series of tastemaker films currently featured on the Mariano's site.
    marianos.com/tastemakers

    Cover Ad photographed by fig photo photographer: Eric Rademacher
    Filmed by: Kristen Sargeon and Megan Welham
    Edited by: Megan Welham

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  4. Chef Rick Ortiz met his wife Ashley in one of the most distinguished places in all of Chicago: Soldier Field. They worked well creatively and soon found themselves in a strong, romantic relationship. With Ashley’s amazing sense of repurposing and Rick’s culinary prowess, the concept of Antique Taco was born. Today they share their passion for hosting parties with friends and family.

    fig films was comissioned by Splash magazine to create branded content for one of its advertisers; Mariano's.
    This is just one in a series of tastemaker films currently featured on the Mariano's site.
    marianos.com/tastemakers

    Cover Ad photographed by fig photo photographer: Eric Rademacher

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  5. Watch as Chef Giuseppe Tentori from GT Fish & Oyster shows how to easily dress up your next tailgating party with fresh meat, seafood, and produce from Mariano's.

    fig films was comissioned by Splash magazine to create branded content for one of its advertisers; Mariano's.
    This is just one in a series of tastemaker films currently featured on the Mariano's site.
    marianos.com/tastemakers

    Creative Director James Gustin
    Filmed by: Kristen Sargeon and Megan Welham
    Edited by: Megan Welham

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