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

By Lizzie Schiffman Tufano | 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 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.

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

Hat tip to Chicagoist.