Chef Biography

Richard Rivera grew up with a baker as a father.  He attended Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois, studying sculpture and ceramics, and these efforts earned him acceptance to the Art Institute of Chicago.  Reality then set in, with expenses and student loans, so he decided to use food as his medium, still allowing him to be creative on a daily basis.

He did his own apprenticeships working under European chefs at various hotels, one year at a time, from the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, Illinois in 1980, to the Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee in 1983; then to the Remington Hotel in Houston in 1984 and finally working for Carolyn Hunt at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1985 to ‘89.

In 1989, he and his wife Debbie, returned to the Chicago area and opened Ambrosia Euro American Patisserie in Barrington, Illinois.  In 1994, the Great Chefs Television crew showed up to tape him for two of their series, Great Chefs – Great Cities and Great Chefs of America, for the Discovery Channel.  This year in 2016, they are celebrating their 27th year as one of America’s favorite Patisserie’s. Upon celebrating their 27th year, Chef Rivera at age 57, died Aug. 6 of metastatic prostate cancer.


Chocolate Rum Truffle Cake

Serving: 10 Print Chocolate Rum Truffle Cake By Great Chefs November 9, 2015 A host of popular flavors — almond, vanilla, and raspberry, along with chocolate and rum — take on a variety of roles in this big production number. This dessert is almost a course in the art of pastry making all by itself. […]

Chocolate Valencia

Serving: Makes 1 cake Print Chocolate Valencia By Great Chefs November 4, 2015 Chocolate bavarian is layered between vanilla genoise with orange liqueur syrup. The torte is wrapped in a laminated orange roulade, and shimmers with orange jelly on top. Puffs of whipped cream and tri-colored chocolate lattice garnishes complete presentation. Ingredients Roulade Egg Yolks […]

Opera Torte

Print Opera Torte By Great Chefs September 27, 2015 Layers of chocolate Bavarian-coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache alternate between thin layers of rum-soaked almond sponge cake. This nine-layer cake is a masterpiece. You will need the precision of a kitchen scale in measuring the ingredients. Ingredients Almond Sponge Cake Egg Whites – 5 Granulated Sugar […]

Restaurant Information

Address: 710 W Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010
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