'The Chef' is more than a mythical figment of my imagination. While becoming a regular at 'The Chef's Corner' in Naperville, we became good friends. The friendship started on our love for the game of basketball spilling over to ethnic culinary arts.  We stay in touch by having him pass on the recipes that I became accustomed to eating while visiting his restaurant.

Chef Corner's Salmon salad with Mediterranean dressing was easily my most ordered meal. Did I want to eat the burger? Yes, but packing on the weight was not an option. Endangering my ever popular Men's basketball league career at Turners was not going to happen. Winning and collecting $5 trophies then pretending that the highlights were on ESPN3 was sorta my thing back then. 

Hanging out at Chef's Corner and binging on Salmon Salads with my teammates was what we did. If my memory serves me correct, Chef would prepare the salmon a bit differently for dinner time...but only a few times. Sadly this post does not contain the secrets of his Mediterranean dressing but the outcome is still simple, clean and delicious. 

Chef's Salmon Sauce

Chef prefers to use a fish that rarely creeps over $15 a pound. Similar to the previous post, the end result is too much for just one fillet. Save the refrigerated leftovers for random uses throughout the course of the week. Simple and cheap, this is what Chef strives for because it is accessible to the common folk. 

  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tbsp chopped fresh dill

Combine the mustard sugar and vinegar. Slowly whisk oil then add dill.


Vedad Vrselj calls Travnik home despite being forced out during the Bosnian War. His former restaurant in Naperville remains one of the most respected and highly reviewed eateries in the area winning awards for best burger and infuriated competition with better ingredients for less money (His yelp reviews). His cult following continues with catering to the Chicagoland area and stays in touch with his Facebook page.