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Devon Quinn
Eden

Executive Chef Devon Quinn’s interest in the hospitality industry was sparked at the age of eight, when his parents first brought him...MORE.

www.paramounteventschicago.com
Christian Ragano
Cindy's

The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is pleased to announce Christian Ragano as Executive Chef of Cindy’s. Ragano will oversee the culinary... MORE

www..cindysrooftop.com
Bjorn Rasmussen
Old Town Social

Bjorn Rasmussen is the Corporate Chef for hospitality group Element Collective concepts, including Nellcôte, RM Champagne Salon... MORE

www.oldtownsocial.com
Duce Raymond
Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue

Duce was destined for the food industry. Son of Chef Larry Raymond and nephew of Dave Raymond, the creators of Sweet Baby Ray’s ... MORE

www.sbrevents.com
Greg Reich
Terry's Toffee

In October 2015 Reich Family Kitchens, CCO Greg Reich (Chief Confectionary Officer), COO Jeff Reich (Chief Operating Officer), and ...MORE.

www.terrystoffee.com
Matt Reichel
The Berghoff Restaurant

Chef Reichel has been a part of the Berghoff family for more than 20 years. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Reichel... MORE

www.theberghoff.com
Cardel Reid
The Signature Room at the 95th ®

With 13 years of kitchen experience under his belt at The Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center, Executive Chef...MORE.

www.signatureroom.com
Anthony Reyes
Carmine's / Rosebud Steakhouse

We introduce Anthony Reyes, a Chicago native and award-winning Chef. He is a University of Arizona & Scottsdale Culinary Institute... MORE

www.rosebudrestaurants.com
Mark Rimkus
Flo & Santos

Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Mark has always had a passion for the culinary arts. Watching “The Frugal Gourmet” television...MORE.

www.floandsantos.com
Matt Riordan
Saigon Sisters

Executive Chef Matt Riordan, who heads the kitchen at both Saigon Sisters and Bang Chop Thai Kitchen, is a Chicago native... MORE

www.saigonsisters.com
Joseph Rosetti
Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group

Rosetti started his culinary career with Disney, where his obvious talent led to his rapid elevation to a chef task force charged with...MORE.

www.harrycarays.com
Patrick Russ
Seven Lions

All before the age of 30, Patrick Russ constantly and passionately worked his way up in the cooking-ranks, now earning the title of Executive Chef...MORE.

www.sevenlionschicago.com
Ryan Sand
Bernie's Lunch & Supper

Chef Ryan Sand is a Partner with Peas & Carrots Hospitality Group and Executive Chef at Bernie’s Lunch & Supper in River North, Chicago. Sand... MORE

www.bernieslunchandsupper.com
Richard Sandoval
Richard Sandoval Restaurants 

Growing up in Mexico City, Richard Sandoval would join his grandmother in the kitchen and gather around her large table with family...MORE.

www.richardsandoval.com
Mario Santiago
May St. Cafe & Steakhouse

Mario Santiago began his acquisition to excellence in the culinary perfection back in the late seventies working in his family businesses...MORE.

www.mayststeakhouse.com
Allison Scott
Stock Café

Allison is the sous-chef at Local Foods' Stock Cafe. She's helped lead the kitchens at Sunday Dinner Club and Hoosier Mama Pie Company. She...MORE.

www.localfoods.com
Nathan Sears
The Radler

Chef Nathan Sears discovered his career in cooking by circumstance. A Midwest native, born in Arkansas and raised in Chicago's south...MORE.

www.dasradler.com
Mindy Segal
Mindy's HotChocolate

Mindy Segal specializes in contemporary American cuisine, placing a modern twist on traditional classics. Segal was awarded the prestigious...MORE.

www.hotchocolatechicago.com
Brian Sharko
Sharko's BBQ

WHY BBQ? “For the past two years, I have traveled the South and Midwest taking in and experiencing the many styles, techniques, and...MORE.

www.sharkosbbq.com
Patrick Sheerin
Trenchermen

A chef and restaurateur, Patrick Sheerin, is the executive chef/managing partner of Trenchermen restaurant in Chicago’s Wicker Park... MORE.

www.trenchermen.com
Bruce Sherman
North Pond

A native Chicagoan, chef/partner Bruce Sherman of Chicago’s North Pond restaurant utilizes influences from his travels and cooking... MORE.

www.northpondrestaurant.com
Matt Sliwinski
The Promontory

After graduating from Kendall College in 2008 with a degree in culinary arts, Matt Sliwinski (known fondly as "Skittles") accepted... MORE.

www.promontorychicago.com
Art Smith
Chicago q / Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

Art Smith is a critically acclaimed celebrity chef and co-owner of the highly successful restaurants Art and Soul in Washington D.C.... MORE

www.chefartsmith.net
Anamaria Solis
Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Anamaria Solis grew up in the historic food town of Sante Fe, New Mexico. The youngest and only girl in a family of 5. At a young age... MORE

www.eddiev.com
Barry Sorkin
Smoque BBQ

Barry Sorkin a former IT professional who left his safe and comfortable career to pursue his dream of bringing his passion for great... MORE

www.smoquebbq.com
Jose Sosa
LUXBAR

As a young boy , Jose Sosa grew up helping out on his grandparent’s farm in a small town outside Mexico city. It was on the farm that he... MORE

www.luxbar.com
Joanna Stachon
Ada Street

At the ripe age of 24, Joanna Stachon has already ascended the ranks in the kitchen to become executive chef at Ada Street. Wise... MORE

www.adastreetchicago.com
John Stage
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

John Stage, the founder and owner of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, began his career in cooking out on the open road. In 1983, John and two... MORE

www.dinosaurbarbque.com
Rick Starr
Filini Bar and Restaurant

Starr’s passion for food started at young age growing up on the South Side of Chicago in Bridgeport. He loved to be in the kitchen... MORE

http://filinichicago.com/
Geordan Stenson
freestyle food and drink at Dana Hotel and Spa

Geordan Stenson is a native of Illinois and lived in Chicago off and on for most of his life. Geordan is constantly inspired by the produce... MORE

www.freestylefoodanddrink.com
Michael Taus
Taus Authentic

Acclaimed chef Michael Taus is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York who began his career working... MORE

www.tausauthentic.com
Josh Thoma
Smack Shack

Thoma is an award-winning and critically acclaimed restaurant operators from the Twin Cities—instrumental in creating Minneapolis iconic... MORE

www.smack-shack.com
Chris Thompson
Coda Di Volpe

Chris Thompson has spent more than half his life in kitchens. At 35 years old, he’s held positions at two acclaimed restaurants... MORE

Jose Torres
Italian Village Restaurant

More than 40 years of professional cooking and management experience. Executive Chef of The Village in Italian Village family of Restaurants. His cooking... MORE.

www.italianvillage-chicago.com
Ashley Torto
The Dawson

Light-hearted. Playful. Composed. These are words that The Dawson’s pastry chef Ashley Torto often ascribes to her desserts... MORE.

www.the-dawson.com
Matt Troost
Charlatan

Matt Troost did what many chefs did during their coming-of-age: soul searching and finding a true passion in cooking. For Troost, it was... MORE.

www.charlatanchicago.com
Frank Valdez
Pearl Tavern / Son of A Butcher Tavern

Corporate chef, Frank Valdez, knew he wanted to become a chef from an early age. A Chicago native, Valdez decided to enroll at the... MORE

www.pearltavern.com
Jared Van Camp
Leghorn Chicken

Named the "Sausage King of Chicago" by food writer Heather Shouse (TimeOut, Food & Wine), "Best New Chef in Chicago" by,... MORE.

www.leghornchicken.com
Tom Van Lente
Lucille

After gaining national recognition at the Bib Gourmand-honored TWO and the renowned taco mecca, Big Star, Tom Van Lente is back... MORE.

www.whiteoakchicago.com
Kolin Vazzoler
SIMI Winery

SIMI Winery Executive Chef Kolin Vazzoler grew up in North Vancouver, British Columbia, where his Italian grandfather made wine and grappa... MORE.

http://www.simiwinery.com/
Kyle VerVynck
Uncle Bub’s BBQ

Kyle was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and began his culinary career over 10years ago. Kyle attended the Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. While... MORE.

www.unclebubs.com
Rey Villalobos
La Storia/Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

Rey Villalobos has been an innovative member of Chicago’s culinary community, serving as chef de cuisine to celebrated tastemaker Art Smith... MORE.

http://lastoriachicago.com/
Jason Vincent
Giant

Working in a kitchen is deeply engrained in Chef Jason Vincent, who started cooking at age 15 at a pizza restaurant in Cleveland, OH. Jason studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park... MORE.

www.giantrestaurant.com/
Paul Virant
Perennial Virant / Vie / Vistro

Since opening his flagship restaurant Vie in Western Springs, IL, in 2004, Chef Paul Virant has risen to nationwide acclaim for his contemporary Midwestern... MORE.

www.perennialchicago.com
David Wang
oak + char

A Chicago native, David Wang’s heritage fueled his interest in cooking. His parents instilled in him a love and curiosity about cooking ... MORE.

http://oakandchar.com/
Bill Walker
Green Zebra

Sous Chef Bill Walker has been involved in the hospitality industry since the age of 16. In the past decade,... MORE.

http://www.greenzebrachicago.com/press.html
Zachery Walrath
The Florentine

Zachery Walrath learned to love the restaurant business at a young age. Between his father who worked for a food distribution company... MORE.

www.the-florentine.net
Darren Walsh
Lula Bistro

He is considered as one of the chefs with major international projection due to his experimental technique, ... MORE.

http://www.lulabistro.com/
Roger Waysok
South Water Kitchen

South Water Kitchen is a culinary love letter to Chicago, the home Executive Chef Roger Waysok loves and has always lived in. Drawing... MORE

www.southwaterkitchen.com
Jared Wentworth
Longman & Eagle/ Dusek's Board & Beer/ The Promontory

Chef Jared Wentworth brings over 20 years of cooking experience to Longman & Eagle, Dusek’s Board and Beer, and Promontory. Versed ... MORE

www.longmanandeagle.com
Matthew Wilde
Hubbard Inn

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http://www.hubbardinn.com/
Tim Wildin
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen

Tim Wildin conceived of and developed ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen based on his experiences growing up eating Thai food in Bangkok ... MORE

https://www.shophousekitchen.com/
Andrea Williams
ZED451

Andrea Williams, Chef de Cuisine at ZED451, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended Florida State University in Tallahassee... MORE

www.zed451.com
Erick Williams
mk The Restaurant/ County BBQ

Chef Erick Williams joined the opening team at mk The Restaurant in 1998 and took over leadership of the kitchen in the fall 2008. Under... MORE

www.mkchicago.com
Gary Wiviott
Barn & Company

Gary Wiviott is a nationally recognized barbecue authority. From the popular online tutorial that started it all to his lively cooking demonstrations... MORE

www.barnandcompany.com
Erling Wu-Bower
Nico Osteria

Nico Osteria’s chef de cuisine and 2015 James Beard Foundation “Best Chef: Great Lakes” nominee, Erling Wu-Bower’s focus and intensity... MORE

www.nicoosteria.com
Marc Wuenschel
Hutch American Bistro

Arizona born but Texas bred; Marc Wuenschel grew up and began his culinary career in Texas. Marc has been in the Chicago market... MORE.

www.hutchchicago.com
Takashi Yagihashi
Slurping Turtle

Takashi Yagihashi has been lauded from consumers and critics alike for his exquisite ways of melding contemporary French, Asian and American cuisine. In... MORE.

www.slurpingturtle.com
Alvaro Zamudio
Kinzie Chophouse

Alvaro Zamudio joined the team in 1991 when Kinzie Chophouse opened its doors 25 years ago . With over 35 years in the culinary... MORE

www.kinziechophouse.com
Jose Zetina
Pazzo's Chicago

Chef Zetina started working for Pazzo's in 1995 under Executive Chef Claudio Brusamolino, a classically trained chef from Northern Italy. The... MORE.

www.pazzoschicago.com
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