Diverse roots, an almost insatiable interest for discovery and love for the kitchen combined to drive Heather Terhune to the executive chef post at Atwood Café in Chicago’s Hotel Burnham in 1999 at the tender age of 27.Terhune was born in Vermont, but was raised an hour outside Kansas City, Mo., by parents from New Jersey. An early fan of food and cooking, Terhune credits her parents with fostering a food-loving household where bread was made from scratch and preserving and canning ...

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