Madrina. Photo by Catherine Downes.

David Fingerman Named Executive Chef of Madrina

More changes for the Misery Loves Company restaurant group.

More chef changes for the Misery Loves Company restaurant group. Last April Anthony Bombaci was named executive chef of Proof + Pantry, and word comes today that Chicago-native, David Fingerman, is stepping into the executive chef role at Madrina.

According to the release:

“Fingerman will continue Madrina’s tradition of elegantly marrying classic French techniques with the bold, authentic cuisine of interior Mexican. A Horchata Pot-Au-Crème with 24-hour sweet rice milk, toasted almonds and piloncillo will showcase a classic dish reimagined, while seamlessly blending Madrina’s Mexican backbone and French influence. Similarly, a Double-Cut Pork Chop with potato puree, tomatillo relish and homemade pasilla bordelaise, will further highlight the influence of authentic interior Mexico on the menu.

Fingerman joins Madrina after previously serving as executive chef of Chicago’s Graham Elliot Bistro, under critically acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Graham Elliot. During his time there, Fingerman’s innovation and creativity earned him a nomination for “Best Chef-de-Cuisine 2015” in the Windy City’s notable Jean Banchet Awards. The self-taught chef describes his culinary philosophy as one in which he sees every dish as a story, striving to provide guests with a beginning, middle and end on every plate.

Fingerman replaces former executive chef, Julio Peraza, who departed Madrina to focus on family.”

“We are thrilled to show Dallas what Chef David brings to the table at Madrina,” says Sal Jafar II, partner and co-founder of Misery Loves Company in a statement. “David is a creative and passionate chef with an incredible level of raw talent, and we were impressed immediately. We are pleased to have him on board.”

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