Police are searching for a prominent missing Chicago chef, Wilson Bauer.
The 34-year-old man was last seen around 11 a.m. Sept. 13 in the 800 block of North Hermitage Avenue in East Ukrainian Village, according to the police department’s missing person alert. He is described as being 6-feet, 1-inch tall, weighing 210 pounds, with full beard and tattoos on both arms and on his calf.
Bauer was wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and, “possibly greyish brown boots,” according to the police alert, adding that he has “black plastic framed glasses with taped corners and may be carrying a black backpack.”
Call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8380 if you’ve located him or have information. Police said he’s known to “frequent” the Pilsen neighborhood.
Bauer won the Jean Banchet award for best chef de cuisine in 2017 for his work at Schwa. He also worked at Elizabeth and Longman & Eagle. In January, it was announced Bauer was to become head chef at Bar Biscay, but he was replaced before the restaurant opened by Johnny Anderes. In March, Bauer launched his own underground supper club, Chicago, Washington.
The Chicago Sun-Times first reported this story.