Palette Chicago is Chef Derek Rylon’s third restaurant, combining a little of everything. His menu varies like so many works of art, so you won’t find the same offerings every week. Here is how he got there.
Chef Derek Rylon, is a well-renowned chef who grew up on the Southside of Chicago. His culinary journey started when he was 13, in the dish room of a now closed restaurant in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Young Rylon was thrown on the line to cook when the restaurant was short-handed. The next thing Rylon knew, he flipping burgers and discovered a newly found passion that would never leave him.
Over ten years later, Rylon obtained a job as a dishwasher. When a line cook failed to come to work, Rylon was asked to cook on the line. Proving his talent and ambition, the General Manager noticed Rylon’s unmatched talent and took the dishwasher under his wing. He enrolled the future chef in a formal culinary program, where Rylon honed his craft. After perfecting his skill, Rylon moved on to cook at Shaw’s Crab House, Wild Fire, Maggianos Little Italy, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Gibsons, Capitol Grill, The Wyndham Hotel, The Westin, The Embassy Suites, Grill on the Alley and many more.
Although Rylon cooked at many hotels and restaurants and was amongst the most talented at each one, he simply wanted his own place at which he could truly create without limitations. He decided to partner with a childhood friend to open a breakfast place. With this idea, Batter & Berries was born with high reviews and great success in May of 2012. His delectable brunch creations were loved by many as lines formed out the door within weeks of opening. After four years of giving his all to a thriving Batter & Berries, Chef Rylon decided to branch out even further. As a chef with many specialties, breakfast and brunch were definitely not the only meals in his repertoire. In Fall of 2016, Chef Rylon’s second restaurant opened, Rylon’s Smokehouse, but he couldn’t stop there. His third restaurant and crowning achievement, Palette, located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Fans of Rylon’s creations can come and enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, receiving an all-around Rylon experience.
1204 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60610