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Milwaukee Art Museum hires new executive chef

Zak Groh to take over Museum’s culinary program

By - Apr 12th, 2017 10:17 am
Zak Groh. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Zak Groh. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Milwaukee, Wis. – April 12, 2017 – The Milwaukee Art Museum is excited to announce that Zak Groh has been appointed executive chef of its culinary program, including Café Calatrava and events. Groh comes to the Museum with 16 years of professional experience in the hospitality and restaurant industries.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef Zak Groh to our team at the Milwaukee Art Museum,” said Jeff Cook, food and beverage director. “He brings an incredible wealth of experience that we know our visitors and Members will appreciate—and taste!—with each visit.”

Groh, who is a Milwaukee native, most recently worked as the owner and operator of Whisk Culinary, a boutique catering company servicing the aviation market in Milwaukee and Chicago. He has managed James Beard Award–winning restaurants and taught culinary arts, bringing a well-rounded and unique perspective to his new role as executive chef.

“I am looking forward to putting my skills to work at the Museum,” said Chef Groh. “I think food has to be fun and creative. The Museum’s artwork and architecture will be a welcomed source of inspiration when imagining new dishes.”

Groh started at the Museum on April 10. In the next several weeks, he will refresh the Museum’s menus, focusing on seasonality and visitor needs.

About the Milwaukee Art Museum

Home to a rich collection of more than 30,000 works of art, the Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its campus includes the Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, annually showcasing three feature exhibitions, and the Eero Saarinen–designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center and David Kahler‒designed addition. The Museum recently reopened its Permanent Collection Galleries, debuting nearly 2,500 world-class works of art within dramatically transformed galleries and a new lakefront addition. This reimagined space also allows for the presentation of additional changing exhibitions.

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