ABOUT THE CHEF
“I’ve thought about this for a long time. I’d come here with [my son] Miles, and we’d sit in the café – we spent so much time here, he even learned to walk in the Hall of Dinosaurs – and we’d have a garden burger and french fries or something like that. I’d look at this gorgeous space and think about how amazing it would be to run a restaurant here.”
Chef Sonja Finn, Consulting Chef of The Café Carnegie
Sonja FinnSonja Finn is the Chef and Owner of Dinette, and Consulting Chef of The Café Carnegie at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History.
Sonja opened Dinette on October 9th, 2008, and 4 months later became the first Pittsburgh Chef to be recognized by the James Beard Foundation - twice a semi-finalist for “Rising Star Chef of the Year” (2009 and 2010). Sonja was also number 10 of Mother Nature Network’s “40 Chef’s Under 40” (2009), one of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “Young Pittsburghers to Watch in 2009,” and twice a regional nominee for Food and Wine’s “Peoples’ Best New Chef” (2011 and 2012). More recently, Sonja’s been named an ACDA “Woman of Achievement” (2017) and a Pittsburgh Magazine's "40 under 40" (2017), and was featured on “Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown” Season 10. In June 2019, Sustainable Pittsburgh honored Sonja with the “Leadership in Sustainability” Award.
Sonja’s also a Culinary Institute of America (2003) and Columbia University (2001) grad.