Chef Jeremy Leven


Jeremy is a graduate of the culinary school of the Art Institutes of America and founded the Tuesday Night Dinner Series, winning Zagat’s 30 Under 30 in 2014. He’s been with mfk since 2015, rocking the line, waiting patiently like a jungle cat to grab the kitchen by the throat and never let go. We call him The Peach.

Favorite Seafood:
Sardines
Biggest Fear:
Cicadas
Most Likely to Be Seen Having a Drink at:
The Whistler


Alisha Elenz

sous chef

Alisha joined us as a part-time prep cook last year and has risen pretty quickly through the ranks due to her passion and dedication, but mostly due to her strong work ethic. A force to be reckoned with, to be sure, she originally hails from the Chicago area and has been working in the restaurant business for four years now. In her spare time she can often be found working here.

Favorite Seafood:
Cuttlefish
Biggest Fear:
Open Water
Most Likely to Be Seen Having a Drink at:
Dixie’s back bar


Sari Zernich Worsham

owner

Sari is an award-winning cookbook author and culinary television producer, whose career began as one of the first female line-cooks at Charlie Trotter’s.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who also has a BS from the University of Illinois, Sari co-wrote 13 of Trotter’s James Beard Award-winning cookbooks. She was the culinary producer for his PBS television series, “The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter,” which also won Beard awards for excellence.

Sari launched the product line of Charlie Trotter Foods and was instrumental in opening Charlie Trotter’s at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas; Trotter’s To Go in Chicago; and Restaurant C at The One and Only Palmilla Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Sari is the executive director and partner in the Art Smith Company. Along side Art Smith she expanded their restaurant division to include table fifty-two in Chicago and Art & Soul in the Hotel Liaison, Washington DC, and Southern Art and Bourbon Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta. She also co-wrote “Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort.”

Sari is the brains behind Team Zissou.

Favorite Seafood:
King Crab
Biggest Fear:
Forgetting Her Purse
Most Likely to Be Seen Having a Drink at:
GT Fish & Oyster



Kayla Borton

manager

Kayla originally hails from Earlville IL. No, we’ve never heard of it, either. Farm girl, basically, but has since traveled all over the world, from Thailand to France. Kayla previously worked at Silver Cloud, took a trip to SF for a bit, then moved back to Chicago with her records and ukuleles (yes, plural) and joined us in 2014. She’s been a key staff member for us ever since.

Favorite Seafood:
Mackerel
Biggest Fear:
Frogs
Most Likely to Be Seen Having a Drink at:
Best Intentions


Archie Powell

manager

Our Wisco boy, moved to Chicago in 2009 and has pulled the taps at Silver Cloud & Gold Star Bar for years before joining us in 2015. When he’s not holding the fort at mfk., he’s often found making an un-Godly racket at any number of music venues across the city and country, with his band Archie Powell & The Exports. You should go see them as soon as possible, but only if you like the songwriting of early Elvis Costello and the stagecraft of Iggy & The Stooges.

Favorite Seafood:
Northern Pike
Biggest Fear:
Northern Pike
Most Likely to Be Seen Having a Drink at:
EZ Inn


Scott Worsham

owner

Scott Worsham is a 25-year-plus veteran of the hospitality industry, in everything from fine dining and hotels to healthy fast casual to dive bars.

A Chicago native, Scott has opened restaurants with some of the most acclaimed chefs in the country, most recently opening Art & Soul at the Hotel Liaison in Washington D.C., the Southern Art & Bourbon Bar in Atlanta, and doing the all-natural, tap-only wine program for LYFE Kitchen in Palo Alto, CA, with Chef Art Smith.

Scott’s experience has lead him from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Group and the Palm Steakhouse Group in New York and Puerto Rico, and BLT Steak in Washington DC — to boutique organizations such as The Campton Place Hotel in San Francisco, Table fifty-two in Chicago, and Artisanal Brasserie & Fromagerie in NYC.

Favorite Seafood:
Clams
Biggest Fear:
Chimp Attack
Most Likely to Be Seen Having a Drink at:
Bar DeVille