Gambas and Gazpacho recipe, Chef Cameron Grant, Fresco 21 in Rosemont

July 8, 2013

  • Large shrimp10 each
  • Avocado1 avocado
  • Green bell pepper1/2 no seeds
  • English cucumber1/4
  • Yellow onion1/8
  • Garlic 1/2 clove
  • Parsley 1/4 ounce
  • Cilantro 1/4 ounce
  • Lemon juice 1/2 lemon
  • Olive oil2 tablespoons
  • Cuminpinch
  • Chile flakepinch
  • Ice water1/4 cup
  • Lemon wedge1 wedge

Season and grill shrimp until just cooked through. Puree all other ingredients together in a blender to make the gazpacho. Plate and serve with a lemon wedge

(RELEASE) About the Chef

I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and developed my love of food from my mother. I grew up with an extensive fruit and vegetable garden. I remember being sent to my room without dinner and sneaking out to the vegetable garden to satisfy my appetite with fresh peas, strawberries, and raspberries. My mother ran a successful catering business out of our home for local executives. I quickly learned to appreciate local Scottish produce, seafood, game, venison, lamb, and beef. I am fortunate enough to have been raised on amazing home cooked meals. My passion for food has come from my history, but my desire to succeed will create my future.

I have dedicated the last 15 years of my life to excel in creating food, and managing kitchens. I started preparing food in my University cafeteria. Within 5 years I became an executive chef of Laudisios, a family run Italian restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. I was given the opportunity to open their brand new $3 million Italian flagship restaurant. The Laudisio family gave me an opportunity to do a three month stage at a Michelin starred restaurant ' La Ciao Del Tornavento' in the Barbaresco zone of Piemonte, Italy. I gained massive respect for the Italian food culture, and fell in love with their way of life. Building a restaurant around incredible ingredients and wine was a revelation.

Five years after my stage I had the opportunity to move back to Treiso, Italy where I had completed my stage to open my own restaurant. I leaped at the chance and moved my wife and golden Labrador to follow my dream. As a enthusiastic Scottish American chef I sparked the interest of many by opening a fine dining Osteria in the Heart of piemontese wine country. Surround by Michelin starred chefs I fought to give the locals and tourists something they had never seen. I incorporated the life changing local ingredients into my innovative and culturally diverse menu. My Mexican born partner and I gained the respect of my competition and wine legends. I sold my share of my restaurant to my partner, and moved back to the United States to be closer to my family while seeking a new challenge and adventure. I have had some amazing experiences in a few kitchens in the last couple years. I am bringing all my passion, experience, and excitement to 'Med 21' to create an amazing dining experience in Rosemont. I have found a home at the Intercontinental O'Hare and look forward to show casing my talents on this amazing property.

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