Chef Jason Hammel Reveals His Top Five Recent Obsessions –

Jason Hammel, a self-taught chef and owner of the Chicago-based Lula Café, recently released The Lula Cafe Cookbook. Along with recipes, the book, published by Phaidon, chronicles the restaurant’s history from its early years as an artist–run cafe to its present as a nationally acclaimed restaurant with a James Beard Award-winning chef.

Hammel and his now wife Amalea opened the restaurant as friends and aspiring artists in 1999. Through food, the married duo have been able to build and foster a community in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

In his role at the restaurant, Hammel considers the importance of innovation and the impact of hospitality. Below, he discusses his related interests.

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