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2014 Talent
Rodelio Aglibot
Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor

Born in the Philippines and raised in Hawaii, Rodelio Aglibot had his first inkling that his professional calling in life would be cooking at a very early age,... MORE
Louie Alexakis
Avli Estiatorio

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.
Dave Anderson
Famous Dave's

Best known as “Famous Dave,” founder of Famous Dave’s of America... MORE.
Justin Aprahamian
Sanford Restaurant

Justin Aprahamian entered the culinary world at the age of 12 helping out with his uncle’s catering company... MORE.
Sergi Arola

The last year in school he starts to work at L'Aram restaurant, where he discovers the creative cuisine... MORE.
Jimmy Bannos Sr.
Heaven on Seven/The Purple Pig

Jimmy Bannos, a third-generation restaurateur, worked at his parents’ diner when he was growing up between the age of 9 and 20... MORE.
Jimmy Bannos Jr.
The Purple Pig

Jimmy Bannos Jr., a fourth generation restaurateur, was ‘born and raised’ in Chicago’s Heaven on Seven... MORE.
Andres Barrera
City Winery

Chef Barrera was first inspired to cook watching the early greats on television...MORE.
Angel Bautista
Hash House a Go Go

Rick Bayless
Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO

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... MORE.
Brian Beverly
The Drawing Room

Developing his love for food at a young age on his grandparents farm in Iowa, Brian initially gravitated toward cooking as a way to get out of washing dishes!... MORE.
Duncan Biddulph

Featured in Best Chefs America 2013, a peer-review based “chefs guide to chefs,” and named one of Time Out Chicago’s “20 Chefs to Watch” in 2011,... MORE.
Greg Biggers
Café des Architectes at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

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... MORE.
Jamie Bissonnette

Even as a child, Bissonnette was drawn to the kitchen eschewing cartoons for cooking shows on the Discovery Channel... MORE.
Robert Blanchard
Norman's Bistro

Mark Brand
720 Bar & Grill

A native Chicagoan, Chef Mark Brand developed his love of cooking from his mother Nora... MORE.
Jeni Britton Bauer
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni Britton Bauer has honed her ice cream-making skills for nearly two decades and is the author of The New York Times best selling Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home... MORE.
Aaron Browning

Chef Aaron Browning joined the Tavernita culinary team in July 2013 and serves as chef de cuisine... MORE.
Karyn Calabrese
Karyn's Fresh Corner/Karyn's Cooked/Karyn's on Green

Karyn Calabrese is Chicago's premier vegan and raw restauranteur and champion for holistic living... MORE
Niall Campbell
Firefly Grill

Working as a dishwasher at the Last Unicorn to pay the bills and eat during high school... MORE.
Homaro Cantu
Moto/iNG Restaurant

Chef Homaro Cantu is an internationally recognized chef and leader in the field of postmodern cuisine and an inventor of futuristic food delivery systems... MORE
Evandro Caregnato
Texas De Brazil

Mr. Caregnato’s knowledge of restaurants, and more specifically the churrasco style of cooking, began as a teenager... MORE
Billy Caruso
III Forks

Executive Chef William "Billy” Caruso began his culinary journey by spending quality time in the kitchen with his grandparents, preparing traditional Italian meals...MORE.
Edgar Castaneda
Taco Joint Urban Taqueria & Cantina

Tony Castillo
Longitud 315

Venezuelan-born Chef Tony Castillo is the Executive Chef and Co-owner of Longitud315 in Highwood, IL... MORE
Kostas Chaidaropoulos
Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi

As Sous Chef of the 2,019-room Hyatt Regency Chicago, the city’s largest hotel and largest Hyatt property in the world, Chef Kostas Chaidaropoulos oversees Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi...MORE.
Sandy Chen
Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge

Growing up in the Provence 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 meals for her large family... MORE
John Chiakulas

John Chiakulas is Corporate Executive Chef of Lettuce Entertain You...MORE.
Steve Chiappetti
Marion Street Market

A native of Chicago’s south side, Chef Steve Chiappetti definitely has cooking in his blood... MORE
Christine Cikowski
Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Christine and Josh founded Sunday Dinner Club nine years ago, after graduating from Kendall College...MORE.
John Coletta

First generation John Coletta was born in New York City in 1957, the year after his Mom and Dad emigrated from Italia...MORE.
Abraham Conlon
Fat Rice

Growing up in blue-collar Lowell Ma, Abe’s culinary beginning was heavily impacted by his Portuguese heritage and a strong Southeast Asian presence in his community... MORE
Shaun Connelly

Judy Contino
Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe

Contino took her first cooking position in 1983 as an assistant Pastry Chef at Ambria. She then moved on to become the Pastry Chef at Printer’s Row... MORE
Fernando Coppola

Fernando Coppola, Executive Chef brings more than fifteen years of culinary experience from some of the most highly regarded kitchens all over the world...MORE.
Luca Corazzina
312 Chicago

A native Italian, Luca Corazzina brings a wealth of knowledge about both the cuisine and culture of his home country to 312 Chicago... MORE
Abel Cortes
e.leaven Food Company

e.leaven Food Company is a leading bakery and restaurant that prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients and touts an International influence in terms of its menu...MORE.
Timothy Cottini

Timothy has worked for some of the best chefs in his twenty plus years of cooking... MORE
Thai Dang

As executive chef of Embeya, Thai Dang is carrying out a simple philosophy with compelling results...MORE.
Jess DeGuzman
Sunda New Asian

Born and raised in the north suburbs of Chicago, Jess DeGuzman developed a love for cooking at a very young age, cooking family meals and experimenting with dishes throughout his teenage years... MORE
Frederick Despres

Born in Pusan, South Korea, Chef Frederick (Fred) Despres was adopted and grew up in Westport, Connecticut...MORE.
Andrew Deuel

It is no surprise Andrew Deuel became a chef... MORE
Rohini Dey

A leading restaurateur, a proponent of Indian cuisine with her unique Latin twist, and an avid supporter of women...MORE.
Carolina Diaz
Filini Bar & Restaurant

During her time at the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, Carolina was under the supervision of Chef Geoff Felsenthal. Through Chef Felsenthal's curriculum of world cuisine she learned about the importance of understanding the culture of the food and the flavor that is associated with each region of the world...MORE.
Anthony DiRienzo
The Dawson

Adam Dittmer
Bistro Campagne

For nearly three years, Adam Dittmer has worked exclusively at Bistro Campagne, starting as the bistro’s chef de cuisine and becoming the executive chef in 2012... MORE
Larrry Donahue
Weber Grill Restaurant
Joseph Doppes
Bistrot Margot

Internationally acclaimed chef Jean Banchet refers to protégé Joseph Doppes “As a serious student of French Cuisine, blessed with a true palate”... MORE
Puje Dorlig

Sushi Chef Puje immigrated from Asia to the United States a decade ago in pursuit of opportunity...MORE.
Amanda Downing
Rockit Bar & Grill/Rockit Burger Bar

Born and raised in Elgin, IL, a Northwest suburb of Chicago, Chef Amanda Downing developed a passion for "family style comfort food" at a young age... MORE
Stephen Dunne
Paramount Room

Stephen grew up just outside Detroit and began cooking at 15 years old...MORE.
David Dworshak
Takito Kitchen

David Dworshak has worked in the restaurant business for 18 years strong...MORE.
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