Greek-American Tom Moskos shares his passion for cooking and sharing food at The Art of Good Eating in Lisle, IL. Learn more.
Meet Greek-American Chef Tom Moskos
Chef Tom Moskos grew up in Oak Park, a western suburb that borders Chicago. His parents grew up in the Chicago area as well. His father is Greek, and his mother is Italian. Though his grandparents were immigrants, he doesn’t know much about his Greek roots.
“My dad’s father came from Greece through New York. We never really knew where my grandmother was from; she had a fake birth certificate. Actually, we suspect that she was Jewish. The only thing I remember being told was that she was born on a boat coming to the U.S.”
After learning a bit about the Jews of Greece, Tom has been inspired to do some investigating into his family’s history.
Becoming a chef
Tom wanted to be a chef for as long as he can remember. He said that childhood friends tell stories from middle school, when he made them pancakes.
“I guess I had it in my blood then. I really realized it after high school when the only place I was truly comfortable was in the kitchen.”
After high school, he earned a hospitality degree at Triton College. Then it was on to a 3-year culinary apprenticeship at Westin Hotels and Resorts, where he honed his skills. When he graduated the apprenticeship in 1991, he earned the highest score ever. Over the past 30 years, he has served as executive chef for several hotel chains and resorts. The acclaimed chef has also catered meals for the likes of the late President George H.W. Bush, former Vice President Al Gore, Astronaut James A. Lovell and Hulk Hogan. In 2006, he was the host chef at the host hotel for Wrestlemania 22. In 2010, he was featured on an episode of WOW Network’s Platinum Weddings.
Chef Tom is also a cookbook author. In 2013, he published an eclectic collection of recipes, called The Art of Good Eating. The book includes stories as well as tips. Of the book, he said he wrote it not to just share recipes, but to help people create memories.
“I wrote this book because of my love of food and the social atmosphere it creates when you get people together (friends, family, or even complete strangers). ‘Good Eating’ is about selecting, preparing and enjoying the best ingredients available in a relaxing social atmosphere. When we cook meals at home it brings family together. It is truly about ‘The Art of Good Eating’, not a process to feed our families.”
Sharing ‘The Art of Good Eating’
Chef Tom said the idea came from his passion for cooking upscale healthy food, and the desire to share it with others, on a more personal level.
“My true passion is cooking and interacting with guests. The name comes from a word loosely used in the culinary field, called ‘gastronomy’. It is the study of the relationship between food and culture, the art of preparing and serving rich or delicate and appetizing food, the cooking styles of particular regions, and the science of good eating.”
The Art of Good Eating officially opened in Lisle, IL on June 1, 2017. The casual, modern, yet cozy space is the setting for cooking classes and parties, as well as a place for him to prepare meals for his catering business, and to prep for in-house events – you can hire him as a personal chef or to come to your home and cook for you and your guests. Soon, he’ll open for lunch.
“I’m very flexible and creative with menu creation and customization. Most of all, I love the interaction with my friends and customers.”
We recently hosted a birthday party for our 12-year-old at The Art of Good Eating. We selected a pasta making class. The kids had a fantastic time learning to make homemade pasta and sauce, as well as biscotti. This mom and avid cook learned a few tips as well. Chef Tom is patient with the kids and was truly in his element – sharing the art of cooking as well as good eating. I have visions of a girls’ night event there in my future!
Chef Tom has surely channeled the Greek passion for food and gatherings, as well as philoxenia. Be sure check out ‘The Art of Good Eating’.