MK The Restaurant
Erick Williams joined the opening team at MK in 1998 and took over leadership of the kitchen in the fall of 2008. Under his direction, the menu at MK has retained its farm-to-plate seasonal approach and has continued to receive accolades from local and national press. He is inspired every week at the farmer’s markets in Chicago and has formed lasting relationships with MK’s farming partners. Erick spends much of his time teaching and training at-risk youth and is a mentor to many; he believes in the value of education through cooking and strives to be an example for those in his community. Erick sums up his feelings for cooking succinctly: “It was once said to me by my father that the search for equality is found through common ground and sharing a meal is a universal expression of respect and dignity.” Erick is also Chef/Partner in DMK Restaurant's newest venture, County Barbeque.