Connected in Peoria, IL has been recognized as a DiRoNA Awarded restaurant since 2018!

At Connected you’re always treated like you know someone, someone very important. After 25 years working for the most demanding independent restauranteurs, I’m convinced that success comes down to this: serve a quality cuisine and provide a congenial atmosphere in which to enjoy it.

We have one goal – to make Connected your favorite dining destination anywhere. We like to think of our guests’ as good friends, which explains why you’re always greeted with a warm welcome. We are genuinely glad to serve you and would like for you to think of Connected as your restaurant. So if there is anything that we can do to enhance your experience, by all means, please let us know.

About Troy Ummel

I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. I have been in the restaurant business for 27 with an extensive career which took me to Christinis in Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles to cook for Jim Henson and associates. I was also able to work in Hawaii Hyatt Hotels for 3 years. Some of my favorite cooking experiences go back to my time in the south of France! While cooking is my forte, I love to play pool- it’s like golf without the hassle! I also enjoy para-sailing, spending time with loved ones, and learning from others smarter than me. When it comes to my passion, I love to work with any kind of food, and drink… sometimes on an exceptional day, I can do everything!

Chef Troy Ummel image courtesy of

DiRōNA Partners