Chef Jenner Tomaska

Jenner grew up in the southern suburbs of Chicago; at 14, he began his professional culinary career as a cook and dishwasher at a local restaurant. He went on to attend Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island, graduating with degrees in both Culinary Arts and Food Service Management.

After graduation, Jenner worked in Hilton Head, South Carolina before returning to Chicago to explore the fine dining scene. He eventually found his way, working as a tournant at mk The Restaurant under chefs Michael Kornick and Erick Williams. After two years at mk, Jenner left to join the team at NEXT Restaurant, where he was quickly promoted to Sous Chef and then Chef de Cuisine in May 2015. Jenner’s dedication, creativity and drive in the kitchen soon led him to be once again promoted. In April of 2016 he was named Executive Chef of NEXT, reporting directly to Chef Grant Achatz.

As Executive Chef, Jenner was responsible for the re-concept of the restaurant four times annually, where everything from the cuisine, plateware, and service is re-imagined. Due to the restaurant’s ever-changing nature, Jenner’s culinary exposure and influence is boundless, lending to his technique and creativity.

Impressively, Jenner’s tenure includes 21 of the 23 menu transitions at NEXT, 18 four-star Chicago Tribune reviews and three, three-star Chicago Tribune reviews. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious James Beard Rising Star Award and continues to share his knowledge and skill with his ever-growing social media community.

We are super-excited to have Chef Tomaska come to Saratoga Springs, New York, to be our sixth guest chef in the Rascal + Thorn Dinner Series.

A Multi-Dimensional Cuisine

As Executive Chef of the Alinea Group’s renowned NEXT restaurant in Chicago, Chef Jenner Tomaska was always adapting to new cuisines as the restaurant concept changed every few months.  With Rascal + Thorn’s Alinea weekend in 2017, we had the great pleasure of enjoying their incredible World’s 50 Best Restaurant menu. Chef Tomaska recently left NEXT and is in the process of opening his own restaurant in Chicago.

Our featured menu items will include incredible salmon from Ora King and wonderful grass-fed beef from Mack Brook Farm among other delights. All of Chef Tomaska’s dishes will be served on plate ware by Crucial Detail, M.Tucker Co. and Steelite USA.

A Special Evening

We are excited to be at the Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY, for our sixth Guest Chef Dinner!

Special room rates are available for dinner attendees starting at $149/night + tax. Please contact them if you are interested and mention Rascal + Thorn’s Chef Tomaska Dinner.

Dinner tickets will be very limited with two seatings at 5pm and 8:30pm, so don’t wait to purchase your seats.


There will be two seatings at this dinner on Sunday, April 14th. 5:00pm & 8:30pm

Location: The Adelphi Hotel, 365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

  • Welcome Apertif
  • Passed Canapes
  • Multi-Course Dinner
  • Optional Wine Pairing
  • Service

$135 per person

5:00pm & 8:30pm seatings

5pm seating is SOLD OUT.

Optional $55 Wine Pairing. Wines and cocktails will also be offered A La Carte.

If you are interested in spending the night at the Adelphi Hotel, we have arranged a special overnight rate starting at $149 + tax. If you are interested in this rate, please mention Rascal + Thorn and the Chef Tomaska Dinner when booking your room.

To make a reservation for the Dinner, please click the button below to use our Tock Reservation system.

Have a question?

    Our guest chef dinner with @airick72 @willtwyatt and @lempka_gram coming up to open the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival at the beautiful @hotelsaranac is still 2 weeks away and we have already sold out both Saturday seatings! There are only a few seats still available for the Friday night seating! 

To whet your whistle even more, we are proud to say that the cocktail pairings will feature the portfolio of Chatham Imports including @michterswhiskey @sietemisterios Mezcal @farmersgin and more!

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    A great event comes down to details, both large and small. We are proud to feature these beautiful cocktail napkins done for us by @mydrap_northamerica to be used for our upcoming R+T dinners with Eric Anderson, Will Wyatt and Alex Lempka to open Saranac Lake winter Carnival at the beautiful Hotel Saranac on the 3rd and 4th of February.  Tickets are sold out for the 8pm Saturday seating, but we still have a few left for the Friday night and 5PM Saturday seatings. See our profile for more information.

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    The holidays are upon us and it’s too late for shipping, but if you hurry, you can still purchase tickets for the grand return of the Rascal + Thorn Guest Chef Series, our first since the pandemic started. Featuring Michelin-starred chef Erik Anderson ( @airick72 ) currently at the 1Michelin star Barndiva in beautiful Healdsburg, CA in the heart of Sonoma wine country and NYC barman extraordinaire, Will Wyatt ( @willtwyatt ) of Mr. Paradise et al., these will take place at the impressively refurbished Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, NY to kick off the famously festive Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

The second Saturday seating is nearly sold out and the other two seatings aren’t far behind. We have a limited number of discounted guest rooms available with purchase @hotelsaranac  so you can make a special pre-valentine’s weekend in the heart of the Adirondacks!

The evening will open with canapés from Chef Alex Lempka ( @lempka_gram ) of Hamlet & Ghost in Saratoga Springs and a welcome beverage, followed by a 5 course dinner with a choice of alcohol-containing and alcohol free pairings. 

The photo was taken 10 years ago at the legendary The Catbird Seat in Nashville, TN, where Chef Anderson was the opening chef along with Chef Josh Habiger.

Follow the profile link to the Rascal + Thorn website for more information and a link to Tock for tickets.