Congrats are in order for one of Chicago's most beloved chefs, Bruno Abate, owner of the popular Tocco Restaurant at 1266 N. Milwaukee! His non-profit, Recipe for Change, has been honored with a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Holiday Award in the amount of $50,000 in support of his innovative culinary and fine arts training programs in the Cook County Jail system. Bruno gives tirelessly of his time there inspired by the highly successful Padua Prison program in his native Italy.
"It's amazing to see people, changing their lives a little bit at a time," says Abate. "I hope they will not come back here (Cook County Jail), " he explains. "Whatever I can do to keep them out, I will." Inmates interested in participating in the program must submit a written essay and undergo a personal interview with Abate.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, expresses his enthusiasm for what Abate and Recipe for Change are accomplishing at the Jail. "You can just see in the behavior of these guys here that it means more than just going through some class. It's like there's a philosophy Chef Abate has got cooking along with the pasta."
Congrats with love Bruno and thanks for all you do! (Chef Bruno was also the owner of the former hotspot Follia in Fulton Market).
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