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Rodelio Aglibot
Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor / Reverie / E+O Food and Drink

Aglibot is known the world over as “The Food Buddha” for his dedication to his heritage and... MORE

www.yumchachicago.com
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.

www.avli.us
Jimmy Bannos Jr.
The Purple Pig

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

www.thepurplepigchicago.com
Andres Barrera
City Winery

Chef Barrera was first inspired to cook watching the early greats on television...MORE.

www.citywinery.com
Tanya Baker
The Boarding House

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, Tanya Baker served as...MORE.

www.boardinghousechicago.com
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... MORE.

wwwrickbayless.com
Joey Beato
Community Tavern

Chef Joey Beato grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois and now resides in Portage Park.... MORE.

www.www.communitytavern.com
Evan Behmer
Mercat a La Planxa

Since joining Mercat a la Planxa's culinary team in 2012, Evan Behmer's industrious nature lead to a rapid rise...MORE.

www.mercatchicago.com/

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.

www.cafedesarchitectes.com
Robert Blanchard
Norman's Bistro

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www.normansbistro.com
April Bloomfield
The Spotted Pig / The Breslin Bar & Dining Room / The John Dory Oyster Bar / Salvation Taco / Tosca Café

April Bloomfield has spent most of her life in the kitchen and had the pleasure of working with... MORE.

www.aprilbloomfield.com/
Aaron Browning
Tortoise Club

Chef Aaron Browning joined Tortoise Club in 2014... MORE.

www.tortoiseclub.com/
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

www.karynraw.com
Niall Campbell
Firefly Grill

Working as a dishwasher at the Last Unicorn to pay the bills and eat during high school... MORE.

www.fireflygrill.com
John Caputo
Labriola Ristorante & Café

John Caputo grew up one of three sons in an Italian-American home in New York City.MORE.

www.labriolacafe.com
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.

www.3forks.com
Jared Case
Park Grill at Millennium Park

Chef Jared Case began his culinary career at the age of 14 a...MORE.

www.parkgrillchicago.com
Tony Castillo
Longitud 315

Venezuelan-born Chef Tony Castillo is the Executive Chef and Co-owner of Longitud315 in Highwood, IL... MORE

www.longitud315.com
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.

www.stetsonschicago.com
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

www.koievanston.com
John Chiakulas
Beatrix

John Chiakulas is Corporate Executive Chef of Lettuce Entertain You...MORE.

www.beatrixchicago.com
Steve Chiappetti
Marion Street Market

A native of Chicago’s south side, Chef Steve Chiappetti definitely has cooking in his blood... MORE

www.jroccoitalian.com
Christine Cikowski
Sunday Dinner Club / Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Christine and Josh founded Sunday Dinner Club (SDC) ten years ago, their multi-course dinners...MORE.

www.honeybutter.com
John Coletta
Quartino

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

www.quartinochicago.com
Federico Comacchio
Coco Pazzo Restaurant

Chef Federico Comacchio is on a mission to bring true Italian food to the American dining experience...MORE

www.cocopazzochicago.com
Fernando Coppola
IPO

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.

www.iporestaurant.com
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

www.312chicago.com
Timothy Cottini
FORK

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

www.forkchicago.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...MORE.

www.carnivalechicago.com
Kevin Cuddihee
TWO

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

www.113two.com
Chris Cureen
Seven Lions

As the Executive Chef of Seven Lions, Chris Curren oversees menu development... MORE

www.sevenlionschicago.com
Aaron Cuschieri
Kinmont

Detroit native Aaron Cuschieri joins Chicago’s Kinmont restaurant as Executive Chef...MORE

www.kinmontrestaurant.com
Jesus Delgado
Tanta

As chef de cuisine of Tanta in Chicago, Jesus Delgado focuses on dishes iconic to Peru... MORE

www.tantachicago.com
Kymberli DeLost
Acanto

Chef Kymberli DeLost is the Executive pastry chef at Acanto, The Gage and The Dawson. DeLost oversees the dessert... MORE

www.acantochicago.com
Frederick Despres
Arami

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

www.aramichicago.com
Carolina Diaz
Filini Bar & Restaurant

Carolina culinary background embodies the food diversity that the city of Chicago offers....MORE.

www.filinichicago.com
Anthony DiRienzo
Nellcôte

Melding a straightforward, seasonal approach with his vegetable-focused cooking style...MORE.

www.nellcoterestaurant.com
Adam Dittmer
Bistro Campagne

For nearly three years, Adam Dittmer has worked exclusively at Bistro Campagne... MORE

www.bistrocampagne.com
Larrry Donahue
Weber Grill Restaurant

Larry first began his culinary experience in his hometown restaurants along the Jersey Shore... MORE

http://www.webergrillrestaurant.com
Stephen Dunne
Paramount Room

Stephen Dunne was drawn to cooking during his high school years in suburban Detroit...MORE.

www.paramountroom.com
David Dworshak
Bar Takito

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

www.bartakito.com/
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