Matthias Merges Snacks Across the Globe

Chandra Ram

The appeal of snacks captures everyone, especially Matthias Merges, chef/owner of eight restaurants in Chicago and Las Vegas. Merges’ restaurants range from Yusho, his casual Japanese grill, to the Mediterranean-minded A10, to Old Irving Brewing Co., an American brewpub. He spoke with us about why he loves snacks.

You spent 14 years as the executive chef at Charlie Trotter’s, creating degustation menus....