Chef of the Year

"I let the food speak for itself."

A Racine native, L’Etoile chef/co-proprietor Tory Miller says growing up he knew nothing about the restaurant scene in Madison.

It was while working in New York City that our city’s reputation revealed itself in the name of Odessa Piper, who founded L’Etoile in the 1970s and pioneered the farm-to-table movement so entrenched here today.

How has L’Etoile’s local, seasonal food philosophy evolved under Miller?

“I think establishing relationships with younger, second-generation farmers was one of things we’ve been able to do. Expanding our locally raised meats was a big thing for me. Making sure all of our meats, poultry and fish are sustainably raised, organic when possible and grass-fed when possible. It’s a general philosophy of celebrating the ingredients when they’re in season and when they’re at their best.”

Lucky for us, Miller is here in Madison, and at his best as well.

Read More in Madison Magazine's Food and Wine Issue:

We Are What We Eat

Chefs on the Rise

Urban Renewer Robert Pierce

Kitchen for Rent

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