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Chef Guillermo Tellez returns, via Chicago

He's now chef/partner for a restaurant empire that will open a Philadelphia location in Rittenhouse next summer.

Chef Guillermo Tellez returns, via Chicago

Chef Guillermo Tellez at the Philadelphia Rising Stars tasting gala and awards ceremony at the Kimmel Center on Feb. 21, 2013. ( Al B. For / )
Chef Guillermo Tellez at the Philadelphia Rising Stars tasting gala and awards ceremony at the Kimmel Center on Feb. 21, 2013. ( Al B. For / )

Before he arrived in the Philly area to run a restaurant in the western suburbs, chef Guillermo Tellez was Charlie Trotter's go-to guy for 16 years.

Based in Chicago, Tellez was Trotter's chef de cuisine and opened Trotter's C Restaurant in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The Windy City connection has gone a long way.

Not too long ago, Tellez left the post of executive chef of the two Kimpton Restaurants in Philadelphia -Square 1682 at Hotel Palomar and Red Owl Tavern at Hotel Monaco.

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Now he's landed a major new job with Chicago's Mercadito Hospitality as chef/partner. The company says Tellez will oversee the culinary direction of the group's concepts and growing portfolio:

That includes Mercadito, the posh Mexican restaurant coming to 22d and Chestnut Streets next summer.
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