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 DNAinfo.com 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.
Hat tip to Chicagoist.