Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune
Chef career paths can be wildly uneven, but Brian Fisher's 12-month ride has been especially fascinating.
Fisher went from chef de cuisine at the highly progressive Schwa, to opening chef at the TV-themed Saved by the Max (or, as I call it, The Pop Up That Wouldn't Leave), to heading the kitchen at Entente, a casual and creative newcomer that opened in late 2016.
"It was a crazy year, I'll tell you that," Fisher said.
Fisher had been nosing around for a chance to open his own place ("but I had no set plan or investors") when the Saved by the Max gig popped up. "It was an interesting opportunity," he said, "and I needed the money."