This week, Eater Chicago brings you a five-part mini series, where we take you on a video journey through Grant Achatz's Next and The Aviary, two of this year's most-buzzed-about openings in America.
During the videos we talk with Achatz and members of his team, including Next and Aviary's executive chefs, Dave Beran and Craig Schoettler. We'll give you a tour of both locations and go behind the scenes into all the kitchens, the super cool "ice room" and a first-ever look at the uber-exclusive VIP bar, The Office.
In this first video, Achatz discusses the inspiration behind Next's aesthetic, how the seating and experience differ from Alinea and why we likely won't hear music playing from his personal iPod.
Watch the video:
Tune in tomorrow when Beran talks ducks, crawfish and more.
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Thanks to Sky Full of Bacon's Michael Gebert who worked with Eater to shoot the videos.