by sarah preston gorenstein| February 16, 2012 |
Food & Drink
Nick and Matt Eversman at their favorite Chicago spot, Farmhouse Chicago
Chicago history is full of famous siblings: Bill and Richard M. Daley, John and Joan Cusack, and John and Jim Belushi, to name but a few. Today, a new pair of names can be added to that list: Nick and Matt Eversman.
Nick, 25, is making his name in Hollywood, garnering acclaim for his role in the ABC midseason drama Missing, which debuts in March, in which he plays Ashley Judd’s son who disappears while studying abroad.
Matt, 27, meanwhile, is working on his home turf—he’s the chef/owner of the forthcoming West Loop restaurant OON Chicago, which will open in February at 802 West Randolph. OON, which stands for “Out of Nowhere,” features Southeast Asian food with contemporary American influences. “We’re borrowing from all different cultures—Thai, Vietnamese, Filipino, Malaysian, Burmese, and Cambodian,” Matt says.
He took a circuitous route to his career as a chef. At 18, he enrolled at Iowa State University to study aerospace engineering, but moved back to Chicago when he was 23 to attend culinary school, his true calling. “Every job I’ve ever had since I was 16 was in food,” Matt says. “I’ve [worked everywhere from] Dairy Queen to Charlie Trotter’s.” But it was his big break as the executive chef at Saigon Sisters that earned him a nod from Time Out Chicago as Breakout Chef of the Year in April 2011.
For the Eversman brothers, who grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois, success has run on a parallel course. “We’ve both been fortunate to have these great milestones in our lives be so in sync,” Nick says. In 2008, the same week Nick got his first big movie role in Innocent, Matt landed a job at Charlie Trotter’s. Their next shared milestone came last year, when Nick was starring in the HBO film CinemaVerite; the movie premiere was the same night that Matt won TOC’s coveted award. “The first thing I did was call my mom and dad, who were in LA for the premiere. They answered the phone right as they were stepping out of the limousine onto the red carpet,” Matt says, laughing.
In May, Nick found out he landed the role in Missing and flew out to film the show the very next day—the same day Matt was approached by his now partners about opening his own restaurant. “I was having lunch with our mom the day Nick was flying out, and she was going on and on about how amazing this is for Nick and how he’s doing so great. And she says, ‘Matt, I honestly don’t think I can take another thing.’ And I go, Well, Mom, that’s a great segue…”