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Louie Alexakis
Avli Restaurant

Louie Alexakis is the current Chef/Owner of Avli Estiatorio, located in Winnetka, IL. Louie grew up in the food business, whose family started in the early 1900's in Chicago... MORE

www.avli.us
Isidro arroyo
Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi

Chef Isidro Arroyo started his culinary career with Hyatt Regency Chicago in 1996 where he worked as an intern then hired fulltime as a line cook. Chef Arroyo has worked...MORE

hyatt.com
Marcos ascencio
Bar Lupo

Chef Marcos is the driving force behind Bar Lupo’s punk rock Italian fare.  A free-ranging mix of classic regional Italian and Taylor Street red sauce cuisines, each dish balances soul and technique...MORE

www.barlupochicago.com
Ashlee Aubin
Salero

Chef Ashlee Aubin, a Michigan native, has been cooking in Chicago for the last eight years. His first position in Chicago was at the... MORE

www.salerochicago.com
javier avalos
The Berghoff Restaurant

Chef Javier has been a part of the Berghoff family for 14 years. Avalos runs the main Restaurant kitchen, while assisting Berghoff’s Executive Chef Reichel with the other three...MORE

www.theberghoff.com
matt ayala
Cochon Volant Brasserie

Matt Ayala is the executive chef of Cochon Volant Brasserie, located in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago, IL. In 2013, Ayala was named one of Zagat’s ‘30 Under 30’ for his young culinary talent. His previous work includes...MORE

www.cochonvolantchicago.com
aldo AYALA
Mercadito

Aldo Ayala is the Executive Corporate Chef at Mercadito Hospitality. Chef Aldo received his Bachelors Degree at the Instituto Culinario de México...MORE

www.mercaditorestaurants.com
brent balika
Margeaux Brasserie

Brent Balika serves as the Executive Chef of Margeaux Brasserie & Petit Margeaux, the two new French restaurants from the Michelin Star and James Beard...MORE

www.margeauxbrasserie.com
Jimmy bannos, jr.
The Purple Pig

Jimmy Bannos Jr., a fourth-generation restaurateur, was born and raised in Chicago’s Heaven on Seven. Put to work for his father at age five, Jimmy learned the...MORE

www.thepurplepig.com
Jimmy Bannos
Heaven on Seven

Heaven on Seven at 111 N. Wabash, 7th floor, Chicago, is the original location for the authentic Cajun cuisine of critically acclaimed chef/owner Jimmy Bannos. With the ever-famous gumbo, Heaven on Seven provides... MORE

www.heavenonseven.com
Pepe Barajas
El Solazo/La Josie

Jose Luis Barajas (Pepe) developed a passion for cooking at a very young age. His “taqueria” roots and strong work ethic go back to Mexico as a kid helping his grandfather...MORE

www.elsolazochicago.com
ANDRÉS BARRERA
City Winery

Chef Barrera was first inspired to cook watching the early greats on television; greats such as Jeff Smith, Martin Yan, Julia Childs, Jack Tripper...MORE

www.citywinery.com
nicole bayani
Presidio

Nicole Bayani believes in a simple food philosophy– excellence in the kitchen is achieved through refined cooking techniques, utilizing seasonal...MORE

www.presidiochicago.com
Rick Bayless
Frontera Grill / Topolobampo / Xoco River North / Xoco Wicker Park

Most people know Rick Bayless from winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, beating out the French and Italian with his authentic Mexican cuisine. His highly rated Public Television Series... MORE

www.rickbayless.com
Greg Biggers
Café des Architectes 

Executive Chef Greg Biggers joined Sofitel Chicago Water Tower in January of 2011 to oversee all aspects of the hotel’s dining operations, including its restaurant, Café des Architectes. The chic, Gold Coast restaurant is celebrated... MORE

www.cafedesarchitectes.com
Laurel Boger
The Eli's Cheesecake Company

Chef Boger is the Executive Pastry Chef and creative Research Chef for The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. Aside from dazzling Eli’s... MORE

www.elicheesecake.com
Bob Broskey
Beacon Tavern

Robert Broskey is the executive chef at Chicago’s Beacon Tavern. He is self-trained and the first person in his family... MORE

www.beacontavern.com
ryan burns
The Blanchard

The Blanchard in Lincoln Park, Ryan Burns enacts skills and philosophies learned throughout his career in a diverse mix of kitchens around...MORE

www.theblanchardchicago.com
Joe butera
D4 Irish Pub

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Joseph Butera found his calling to cuisine while studying finance at Syracuse University. His passion for food started at a young age...MORE

www.d4pub.com
Nicolas Cabrera
STK Chicago

Chef Nicolas Cabrera joins The ONE Group to launch the renowned restaurant group’s signature steakhouse, STK Chicago. Hailing from... MORE

www.togrp.com
mike cain
Famous Dave's

In 2003, Mike Cain joined the Blue Ribbon Restaurants family. He trained in Chicago, IL, and went on to open five Famous Dave’s in the Metro Detroit area, and one...MORE

www.famousdaveschicago.com
Tony Castillo
Longitud315

Tony Castillo is the Executive Chef and Co-owner of Longitud315 in Highwood, IL. Chef Tony brings to Highwood and to all food lovers... MORE

www.longitud315.com
nathaniel cayer
Dolce Italian

Executive Chef Nate Cayer has been with The Godfrey Chicago since it opened in 2014, bringing with him an East Coast sensibility to the hotel’s culinary...MORE

.dolceitalianrestaurant.com
sandy chen
Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge

Growing up in the Provence Wen Zhou, Zhe Jiang of Southern China, in a small village just south of Shanghai, Sandy Chen began her culinary journey as a child by helping prepare...MORE

www.koievanston.com
Peter Coenen
Cherry Circle Room

Peter Coenen an executive chef with Land and Sea Dept, overseeing their various concepts within the Chicago Athletic Association, which...MORE

www.cherrycircleroom.com
Federico Comacchio
Coco Pazzo Restaurants

Federico is passionate about the clean, clear flavors of Tuscany. He believes that every dish should simply express the fresh ingredients from...MORE

www.cocopazzochicago.com
Abraham Conlon
Fat Rice

Growing up in Lowell MA, Abraham Conlon’s culinary beginning was heavily impacted by his Portuguese heritage and a strong Southeast...MORE

www.eatfatrice.com
steve Coppolillo
Mama's Boy Peasant Italian

Growing up in large Italian family meals were always a very important event; Some of his earliest cooking memories are of watching his mother and grandmother...MORE

rosebudrestaurants.com
Luca Corazzina
312 Chicago

312 CHICAGO, nearby theaters and Chicago’s renowned shopping district in the heart of downtown Chicago Loop has some new fire... MORE

www.312chicago.com
timothy cottini
Knife Steakhouse & Fork

Timothy Cottini, Executive Chef of Fork Restaurant and the new Knife Steak & Seafood, cooks with passion and purpose. Since coming to Fork in Chicago’s...MORE

www.knifechicago.com
Craig Couper
Michael Jordan's Steakhouse

A Chicago-area native, Chef Craig Couper’s love for the culinary world began at a young age and at just 11-years-old, he was already religiously reading...MORE

www.mjshchicago.com
Luke Creagan
Bistro Campagne

Chef Luke Creagan has spent much of his life, in and out of the kitchen, learning and gleaming lessons from his experiences to celebrate food and create dishes that appeal...MORE

www.bistrocampagne.com
carlos cruz
Saint Lou's Assembly

Born and raised in the outskirts of Houston in Spring, Texas; Carlos Cruz first became interested in the culinary arts by taking part in a hands-on high school externship...MORE

www.saintlouschicago.com
rodolfo cuadros
Carnivale

As a young boy, Chef Rodolfo Cuadros would slip on an apron and pull up a stool to help his mother and aunts in the kitchen; Little did anyone know that time spent...MORE

www.carnivalechicago.com
Kevin Cuddihee
TWO Restaurant and Bar

Stepping into the lead kitchen role at TWO, Kevin Cuddihee brings the dedication he’s had since the restaurant first ... MORE

www.113two.com
diana davila boldin
Mi Tocaya Antojeria

Chef Diana Davila Boldin is the Executive Chef and Owner of Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. A native of the Chicago suburbs...MORE

www.mitocaya.com
Jess DeGuzman
Sunda

Born and raised in the north suburbs of Chicago, Jess DeGuzman developed a love for cooking at a very young age, cooking family...MORE

www.sundachicago.com
chris de la cueva
Rhyme or Reason

Chef Chris de la Cueva is best known for his out-of-the-box yet comfort style of cooking. His art is focused around the freshest...MORE

www.rhymeorreasonchicago.com
leonard delgado
Lawry's The Prime Rib & SideDoor

Personable and adaptable, Executive Chef Leonard Delgado leads the kitchen at Chicago’s Lawry’s The Prime Rib with diverse culinary experience...MORE

www.lawrysonline.com
jesus DELGADO
Tanta

As executive chef of Tanta in Chicago, Jesus Delgado maintains a simple and traditional food philosophy, letting the flavors of his ingredients shine. Collaborating...MORE

www.tantachicago.com
Kymberli DeLost
Acanto / The Gage

Kymberli DeLost joined the culinary team at The Gage, Acanto and The Dawson, as Executive Pastry Chef in February 2015. She adds... MORE

www.acantochicago.com
Ali Dewjee
Bombay Wraps

When Falguni Dewjee and Ali Dewjee, a husband / wife team, opened Bombay Wraps in 2010, they had one simple mission – to share...MORE

www.bombaywraps.com
Rohini Dey
Vermilion

A leading restaurateur, proponent of Indian cuisine with her unique Latin twist across Vermilion Chicago and NYC, an avid supporter of women – former World Bank economist and...MORE

www.thevermilionrestaurant.com
Carolina Diaz
Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of The Art Institute of Chicago

Growing up in a large Mexican family outside of Chicago, Carolina Diaz always had a special relationship with food. Whether cooking meals....MORE

www.terzopianochicago.com
katie dong
Strings Ramen Shop

Chef/executive manager of Strings Ramen, Katie Dong cooks and creates exceptionally satisfying cultural ramen and dishes. Growing up in Chicago, Katie...MORE

www.ramenchicago.com
nick dostal
Sixteen

Nick Dostal was appointed executive chef of Sixteen in January 2017 after two years serving as chef de cuisine at the two Michelin-starred restaurant...MORE

www.sixteenchicago.com
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