Chicago Tribune food critic Phil Vettel has been impressed with Jennifer Kim’s restaurant Passerotto ever since he first reviewed it last summer, 10 weeks after its opening.
This week, he bestowed his Chicago Tribune Critic’s Choice award on Kim, an alum of Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University. She earned his “Rookie of the Year” award for Passerotto’s debut.
He and other critics have praised Kim’s “very personal cooking,” a blending of Korean cuisine inspired by her mother’s kitchen talents and flavorful, sometimes playful touches of Italian cuisine.
Chicago Magazine’s Jeff Ruby said Kim “may be destined for stardom,” and the Chicago Reader’s Mike Sula wrote, “Kim has firmly cemented her place among the chefs doing progressive, exciting things with Korean food, and I’m eager to see what else she comes up with.”
Ruby also wrote, “A graduate of Kendall College and an alum of Blackbird, (Kim) learned the art of cured fish at Nico Osteria and perfected it at Snaggletooth, her tiny seafood deli that closed in 2017.”
Passerotto is located at 5420 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood.
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