Executive Chef and Owner
NAHA, Chicago, IL
Chef Carrie Nahabedian started her career cooking in the Ritz Carlton dining room while still attending high school in the northern suburbs of Chicago. The path took her from the kitchens of the Ritz to Le Perroquet, Jovan and Le Francais, to LaTour at the Park Hyatt and, ultimately, to become the Executive Chef with Four Seasons Hotels in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. During this time, she traveled around the world to experience cuisine, service and dining.
In 2000, Carrie returned home to her native Chicago and opened NAHA restaurant with her cousin Michael Nahabedian in Chicago’s bustling River North neighborhood. While NAHA serves to highlight Carrie and Michael’s shared Mediterranean heritage, in the spring of 2013 the duo teamed up again to open Brindille, featuring “refined Parisian” fare. Located just up the street from NAHA, Brindille’s intimate space is reminiscent of their favorite spots in Paris, re-imagined by Carrie’s other cousin, Michael’s brother Tom Nabahedian, who oversaw its architecture and interior design.