Dru Melton (Chicago, IL) has been in the restaurant industry his whole life and started working in the kitchen at a young age with his grandmother and mother, a restaurant industry veteran. He went on to the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago and has taken his cooking influence equally from top Chicago chefs and his small town farm upbringing in Chillicothe, Illinois, that emphasized fresh, wholesome and locally produced ingredients. He has 25 years of restaurant experience and been everything from the busboy to head chef and is now the general manager of The Soupbox.
Jamie Taerbaum started The Soupbox in 1995 on a shoestring and has grown it into the most popular and best-reviewed soup restaurant in the city. It has been featured in practically every major network and newspaper in the Chicago, including ABC’s Hungry Hound, and now has a second location in the River North section of Chicago.