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Roger Herring

Socca and Redd Herring Food & Wine

Roger Herring, Chef/Owner of Socca in Lakeview, turned his passion for life and food into his own restaurant in 2004 after several successful culinary adventures. A Chicago native, Roger completed his degree at The Culinary Institute of America in New York, NY and was the opening Sous Chef for Green Dolphin and 312 restaurants. He had a life-changing experience when he moved to world renowned Limoges, France where he was able to further develop his French cooking techniques while observing the operations of successful restaurateurs.

Roger returned to the states as Executive Chef for Taste of America catering and then combined his passion for food and music by catering meals for various muscal groups across the country such as U2, Sheryl Crow, Prince, Cypress Hill,
Linkin Park, and the Phish 2003 Summer Tour.


Socca and Roger have been featured in several culinary publications and also participate in many philanthropic events providing delicious food benefitting a number of charitable organizations. Roger recently cooked Thanksgiving dinner in South Africa for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Celebrity Chef Art Smith recently included Roger’s pizzettes from Socca on the Food Network program “Best Thing I Ever Ate”. When Roger is not cooking up some of the best pizzas, steaks, fish and pastas for Socca in Chicago, he is often coordinating culinary events like Moonshine Restaurants Annual “Rib-a-Que “where chefs from all over Chicagoland compete in Wicker Park for the bragging rights of “Best Ribs”. He has created other competitions for local chefs at the Calphalon kitchen and has participated in nationwide food and wine festivals throughout the country. Most recent and noteworthy events include the Food & Wine Festival in Aspen, Co and Miami, FL. Roger is always happy to participate in opportunities where he can show his passion while giving back to the community.



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