Tru Restaurant 'Harlem Shake': Michelin-Starred Kitchen's Staff Makes Video

By Lizzie Schiffman Tufano on February 25, 2013 1:33pm | Updated on February 25, 2013 3:27pm

STREETERVILLE — Tru Restaurant may seem like a buttoned-up, Michelin-starred, 13-course-meal-serving eatery on the outside, but a new YouTube video suggests the staff serving up progressive French dishes knows how to let loose.

The restaurant's chef, Anthony Martin, uploaded a video on his YouTube stream Friday, purportedly shot in Tru's kitchen, jumping on the bandwagon of the online meme "Harlem Shake," now a series of spinoff videos depicting ordinary scenes where crowds break into spontaneous dance.

Head honcho Martin even makes an appearance. A Tru spokesperson told Chicago that the masked dancer that kicks off the clip with a solo in the center of the kitchen is in fact the culinary genius that the Chicago Tribune named Chef of the Year in 2010.

"If you cant [sic] stand the heat, shake," Martin posted under the video's title, "NEW the best Harlem shake TRU kitchen edition LMAO!!!"

Responding to a question posted from the account of Michael Silberman, who produces a Chicago-centric online food science series called "Cooking Under Pressure," Martin attributes his dance moves to the same man he credits for some of his cooking skill: Joel Robuchon, under whom he worked as executive sous chef at the MGM Grand before coming to Tru in 2008.

"Mr. Robuchon actually taught´╗┐ me the shake," Martin wrote in the YouTube comments.

Hat tip to Chicagoist.