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jimmy macmillan
Executive Pastry Chef for Mariano's in Chicago

An artist his entire life, Pastry Chef Jimmy MacMillan never intended to end up in a kitchen. During his first career as a musician he took the odd restaurant job to help...MORE
John Manion
La Sirena Clandestina/El Che Bar

A 20-year veteran of the restaurant scene, Manion brought Latin-local cuisine to Chicago’s West Loop when he opened La Sirena Clandestina in the summer of 2012. The name, which...MORE
ERic Mansavage

Eric Mansavage, a proud product of Steven’s Point, Wisconsin is passionate about working with local farmers and growers to bring the freshest local produce, meats and dairy to Farmhouse...MORE
Tony Mantuano
Spiaggia/Terzo Piano/River Roast

Most often recognized as one of the Champions on season two of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” Chef Tony Mantuano is also internationally regarded...MORE
Jeff Mauro
Pork & Mindy's

It’s true, Jeff Mauro fell for the arts even before he fell for cooking. Immersing himself in the performing arts at an early age, the Illinois native...MORE
Ryan McCaskey

A native of Saigon, Vietnam and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, McCaskey discovered his passion for cooking at an early age. As a youngster, he would...MORE
kevin mccormick
Beacon Tavern

Kevin McCormick is the Executive Pastry Chef at Chicago’s Beacon Tavern. The inviting establishment is steps from the Chicago riverfront and the...MORE
terese mcdonald

Whether it is the memories of the penny candy counter at her childhood five & dime, the creation of the “Jelly Belly”, or perhaps the overall “magic” that is evoked...MORE
Jose melendez

Hailing from Los Angeles where most recently he was Innovative Dining Group’s (IDG) Executive Chef of BOA Steakhouse and Katana in West Hollywood Jose “Junior” Melendez now...MORE
Matthias Merges
A10/Billy Sunday / old Irving Brewing Co./ Lucy Dorr

Owner of Yusho Restaurant, Billy Sunday and A10 Hyde Park, Chef Matthias honed his career for 14 years as Executive Chef and Director... MORE
sarah mispagel

Pastry Chef Sara Mispagel brings her nationally informed pastry expertise to chef Andrew Zimmerman’s Sepia, in Downtown Chicago. She supports the rustic, seasonal..MORE
frank mnuck
Filini Bar & Restaurant

Frank Mnuk was appointed executive chef or Radisson Blu in July 2017, where he oversees all culinary activities within the hotel including its contemporary Italian outlet..MORE 
lamar moore
BBQ Blues & Brew

Chef Lamar Moore was born and raised in Chicago, IL.  He began showing his love for culinary arts at the age of 8. Growing up in a large family, Chef Lamar learned the importance of cooking with love, taking...MORE

Joshua mutchnick
Longman & Eagle

Longman & Eagle's Executive Chef Joshua Mutchnick was born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. After studying at the Culinary Institute of America, he worked in...MORE
carrie nahabedian

Carrie started her career in cooking in the Ritz Carlton Hotel fine dining restaurant “The Dining Room” during high school in the northern suburbs of Chicago. From...MORE
Shota nakajima
Adana Seattle

Chef Shota Nakajima grew up in Seattle in a Japanese family. His point of view is influenced by his mother’s homemade cooking coupled with his focus on ingredients from the Pacific...MORE

naoki nakashima
Naoki Sushi

Born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan, Naoki’s interest in the culinary arts began early. By age 16, he had his first job, working in a noodle shop. At 19, he was working in a local fish market...MORE
Daisuke Nakazawa
Sushi Nakazawa

Chef Daisuke Nakazawa is chef/owner of Sushi Nakazawa, a New York Times four-star omakase restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village. Opened in 2013, Sushi Nakazawa serves the...MORE
Tyler Nelson
Harvest Room

Tyler grew up with a passion for the kitchen with a Swedish grandmother catering for parties, and the other half of his family being of Italian descent enjoying large family gatherings...MORE
Eddie Nero
Big Ed's BBQ

I live in Waukegan with my wife Kim and I have three children Jasmine, Eddie, Isiah and a grandson DJ. The business is owned and operated...MORE
Brett Neubauer
Howells & Hood

Brett Neubauer boasts more than 14 years of culinary experience, which he brings to Howells & Hood on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. As executive chef of the modern-American restaurant that is home to Chicago’s largest craft ...MORE
Dudley nieto
Rojo Gusano

Dudley Nieto grew up in Puebla, Mexico. His father – who grew up in Spain – was a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen, which provided Nieto a “strong sense of pride, knowing...MORE
martial noguier

Martial Noguier brings more than 30 years of refined and critically acclaimed culinary experience. Originally hailing from Paris, France, Chef Noguier worked for...MORE
jessica nowicki
The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet

Jessica Nowicki brings a sense of balance, integrity and elegance to her profession that belies her eight years in the professional culinary world. As Executive Chef at Chicago’s...MORE
Leigh omilinsky
Nico Osteria

Leigh Omilinsky considers Italy her first love, making Nico Osteria a natural fit. Growing up in Chicago’s north suburbs, her childhood dream of becoming a jazz piano player...MORE

Miguel Ortiz

Miguel’s early interest in food began as a family affair. Following after his mother who worked in catering, he developed an early penchant for food. Upon arrival to Chicago, he gained...MORE
Trinidad Paez
Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine

Chef Trinidad Paez is the Executive Chef for Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine in Chicago. Chef Paez has grown up in the Indian restaurant... MORE
Dan Pancake
Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits

Chef Dan Pancake quite literally lives farm to table as a chef with not only a restaurant that represents his deep culinary background in Mediterranean and Italian cuisines but also a farm in the Ohio River Valley which he owns and operates...MORE

chris pandel
Swift & Sons

Take everything that connotes Midwestern charm: effusive goodwill, love of community, and a killer work ethic, and you will find its embodiment in Chef Chris Pandel. His food is...MORE
david park

David is a James Beard nominated chef who is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. His culinary career includes being part...MORE
Jordan Parker
The Dawson

Chef Jordan Parker was born and raised in Southern California where he was exposed to many different approaches of culinary styles, varying from cooking at his grandparent’s church for hundreds of guests, to helping grill...MORE
Beth partridge
Autre Monde Cafe and Spirits

Chef Dan Pancake & Beth Partridge quite literally live farm to table.  As Chefs who have a deep culinary history with Mediterranean and Italian cuisines, the duo also owns and operates...MORE
Jason Paskewitz
Pearl Brasserie

A native of the Queens borough in New York City, Jason Paskewitz’s culinary career began at his uncle’s seafood restaurant on Long Island. The chef, an alumnus of the Culinary Institute...MORE
Manjar Blanco

Born in Merida, Yucatan in 1954. Her parents were teachers by profession, but both with a passion for cooking (her mother was born in Valladolid, one of Yucatan’s gastronomic...MORE
Jorge enrique pinzon peraza
Manjar Blanco

Born in Merida, Yucatan in 1985. Natural heir of a tradition that identifies family with cuisine, is responsible for the flavors and presentations of the dishes that goes from the kitchen...MORE

Ryan Pitts
RL Restaurant

Executive Chef Ryan Pitts, RL Restaurant, believes the secret to great food is the combination of great ingredients, sound technique and...MORE

Focusing on the singular aspect of what a restaurant or dish needs is the driving inspiration for Temporis’ Chef/Owner Sam Plotnick. Temporis, which opened...MORE
Tony Priolo
Piccolo Sogno 

Tony Priolo grew up as a young boy cooking with his Sicilian grandmother in her Chicago kitchen, where he was taught the... MORE
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