Chicago native, Chef Matthew Cappellini serves as the Executive Chef at Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center. Chef Cappellini inspires guests to taste the uncommon, creating his dishes with a straightforward approach to local ingredients. This approach lends to innovative menus that transform the dining experience at Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center into a culinary journey. The passion of Chef Cappellini is to respect the quality of ingredients, understanding and using the best components as a foundation for his dishes.
Over the years, he has honed his skills and depth of knowledge working in a variety of kitchens, including the prestigious Forbes Five Star award winning Trump International Hotel’s 2 Michelin star rated restaurant Sixteen, University of Notre Dame’s Morris Inn and Harrah’s Joliet Chicago Hotel and Casino. As a graduate of the culinary arts program at Joliet Junior College, Chef Cappellini is a member of the American Culinary Federation and is an active participant in ACF approved competitions.
As the opening Executive Sous Chef at Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center, Chef Cappellini was instrumental in the concepts and creation of the hotel’s culinary operation, including 9th floor authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant, El Tapeo.
Hailed as “A harmonious dining experience” by the Daily Herald, El Tapeo’s sleek dining room and lounge provides the ultimate relaxing atmosphere. Named after the local Spanish term “Vamos de tapeo” (Let’s go for Tapas), El Tapeo offers handcrafted, authentic Spanish cuisine infused with bold flavorful ingredients and served to share.