Dan Compton

chef de cuisine

After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, Dan headed west to seek his fortune in San Francisco. It didn’t pan out. But the move did change his life all the same. It was there that he met his wife, Charlotte. It was also there, possibly sifting through an overflowing pile of tomatoes at his farmers market, or perhaps in the bathroom of one of the city’s less reputable yet still delicious eating establishments, that he was bitten by the cooking bug.

The onset of symptoms was swift and irreversible: Dan moved back to Chicago, enrolled in the culinary arts program at Kendall College, and pledged himself to a life of long hours and poverty for a second time. As part of his Kendall education, Dan interned at Vie, found his culinary-spiritual home, and hasn’t looked back. After completing his culinary degree, Dan returned to Vie and worked his way up through the kitchen, eventually being named chef de cuisine in August 2014.