Brian Schoenbeck was born and raised in Chicago, and trained at Joliet Junior College and then the French Pastry School in Chicago. He began his career in 1987 at the Art Institute of Chicago. His culinary talent took him to the Westin River North / Nikko Hotel in Chicago, where he worked his way up the kitchen ladder.
In 2000, he was appointed as pre-opening executive pastry chef of the Park Hyatt where he worked under Great Chef Sandro Gamba. A year later in 2001, the Great Chefs television crew showed up to tape Chef Schoenbeck at NoMI Restaurant in the Park Hyatt, for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of America.
He went on to be executive chef at the Greenbriar Resort in West Virginia, the Peninsula Hotel, and the Fairmont Hotel before becoming Corporate Pastry Chef for the Lettuce Entertainment Group of restaurants. In 2011, he returned to the Hyatt fold to become the executive pastry chef at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.