Career Chronicles: Frances Byrne

It is just before noon on Super Bowl Sunday. I am sitting in the grill area of an upscale suburban Chicago grocery store waiting for Executive Chef Frances Byrne to break away from her customers. On this day her medium length brunette hair is pulled back and hidden beneath her white chef’s hat, revealing a rosy complexion that is free of any makeup. Eventually she directs me behind the scenes into the kitchen area where she calmly surveys the landscape, then readies herself to be photographed. “I don’t have food between my teeth, do I?” she asks with a...

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