Chef Curtis Duffy & Team
Chef Curtis Duffy and Michael Muser have combined their talents and ambition to bring Ever to Chicago.
After meeting at Avenues at The Peninsula Hotel Chicago, which earned two Michelin stars under Chef Duffy, the pair built Grace. At Grace, Duffy and Muser were honored with two Michelin stars their first year and three stars the next four years, from 2015 to 2018.
Now, they return as co-owners and the creative forces behind Ever.
Ever earned two stars in the 2022 Michelin Guide.
“We will never ever stop striving for the ultimate experience, no matter how many hours of the day that takes, no matter the sacrifices required.” — Chef Duffy
“We believe Chicago long ago earned its place on the global stage as an extraordinary dining destination. It deserves another restaurant it can boast about around the world.” — Michael Muser
Chef and Owner
Curtis Duffy is a world-renowned chef, and his Chicago restaurant Ever is his creative obsession.
Duffy has won numerous accolades. Ever was awarded two Michelin stars in the 2021, 2022 and 2023 Michelin Guides. His previous restaurant, Grace, earned three Michelin stars for four years in a row, from 2015 to 2018. And before that, Duffy earned two Michelin stars at Avenues at The Peninsula Hotel Chicago.
He has been awarded Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star rating, AAA’s Five-Diamond rating, and the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef, Great Lakes Award in 2016.
In the 2016 documentary “For Grace,” filmmakers chronicle the creation of Duffy’s former restaurant and tell the riveting story of how the chef’s turbulent past shaped the person he is today.
Duffy sits on the advisory board of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, where a $25,000 scholarship in his name is awarded. Duffy’s past charitable efforts have included volunteering and serving as chef chair for the Grand Chefs Gala, a fundraiser for the Greater Illinois Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Duffy’s culinary and philanthropic efforts led to his induction into the prestigious Disciples d’Escoffier International.
In 2022, chef opened After, a dinner and cocktail lounge, and The Canvas by Ever, a private event space.
Director of Operations and Owner
Michael Muser is a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry and an accomplished sommelier. Food and Wine Magazine named him a Sommelier of the Year in 2014, and Muser has worked side-by-side with Chef Curtis Duffy since 2009.
Muser and Chef Duffy opened Ever in 2020, and Ever earned two Michelin stars in the 2021, 2022 and 2023 Michelin Guides. Their previous two restaurants, Avenues and Grace, earned two and three Michelin stars, respectively.
In 2022, they opened After, a dinner and cocktail lounge, and The Canvas by Ever, a private event space.
Muser’s attention to detail is relentless and exacting. His motto: “This is not what you do. This is a representation of who you are.” His past restaurants have earned numerous accolades, including Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star rating and AAA’s Five-Diamond rating, as well as the Michelin stars.
Muser hosts Chicago's annual Jean Banchet Awards, which recognize Chicago's culinary talent.
In the 2016 documentary “For Grace,” filmmakers chronicle the creation of Chef Duffy’s former restaurant with Muser, including his role in its journey from a concrete box to opening night.
Director of Hospitality
Amy Cordell has worked with Chef Duffy and Michael Muser for more than 13 years, starting as a captain at Avenues at The Peninsula Hotel Chicago. She followed Duffy and Muser to three-Michelin-starred Grace, where she was captain and floor manager, and she has now joined them again at Ever. Before Avenues, Cordell was a captain at two-Michelin-starred Charlie Trotter’s.
Chef de Cuisine
Lucas Trahan became Ever’s Chef de Cuisine in October 2023. Previously, he was Ever’s pastry chef from 2020-2023. Trahan worked with Chef Duffy at Grace from 2015-2017 and worked on the culinary teams of Entente, Fulton Market Kitchen and Pacific Standard Time. Trahan attended the Art Institute of Dallas and was named a Rising Star Pastry Chef in 2021 by StarChefs.