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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.

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.

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.