You Gotta Eat: Untamed Chef

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Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 5:29 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Dining out is always an experience, but who doesn’t love a good home-cooked meal? A newly-expanded spot in Peoria does a little bit of both.

We showed you Untamed Chef back in 2019. Becca Hearn and her husband, Bryce, were open limited hours in a limited space.

Now, a bustling bar doubles the capacity, and they are serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“We had a small menu - a very small menu. Matter of fact, we had 4 or 5 special features of the day. Now, we have a two-page menu,” Hearn said.

It wouldn’t be Untamed Chef without an unorthodox kitchen - right in the dining room! We get a front-row seat to watch Becca make some of her best plates, starting with an incredible bruschetta with homemade bacon jam.

Untamed Chef is located at 7338 North University Street in Peoria.
Untamed Chef is located at 7338 North University Street in Peoria.(25 News / Heart of Illinois ABC)

Next is the main course - some sensational seafood: Becca’s famous lobster mac N’ cheese.

“We’re gonna start with our Cavatappi noodles, and then our amazing mac n’ cheese sauce. Fresh white wine, heavy cream, fresh garlic paste, fresh spinach,” Hearn said.

This tasty plate is served hot and steamy, with a side of house garlic toast.

The Chef is also known for her burgers, so we decide to feel the burn with the Burn Burger.

“This one’s gonna get fresh peperoncinis, we pickle our own red onions, add pickles on this one, and it’s gonna get just a little bit of that garlic aioli,” Hearn said.

Untamed Chef isn’t your average eatery - they offer cooking classes and host special private events with custom menus.

“This food is awesome, but it’s clearly the experience of coming in here. It feels like you’re going in somebody’s house and eating,” diner Brian Carroll said.

“It’s a family atmosphere. It’s the food, it’s the staff ... They really care about what they are putting out,” diner Amy Kelch-Cohen said.

“It’s all unique, home-cooked food, high-end food. It’s really good,” diner Joey Rolland said.