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Tony Quartaro
Formento’s

A native of Ames, Iowa, Tony Quartaro discovered his love for cooking during his final year at University of Kansas. ...MORE.

www.formentos.com
Devon Quinn
Paramount Events Chicago

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

www.paramounteventschicago.com
Kennon Reed
Cantina Laredo

Chef de Cuisine Kennon Reed arrives at Cantina Laredo in Chicago with over 19 years of culinary experience with ...MORE.

www.cantinalaredo.com
Tigist Reda
Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

She was born in northern Ethiopia during the years of communism in the African nation, making her family...MORE.

www.demeraethiopian.com
Matt Reichel
Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group

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

www.signatureroom.com
JAnthony Reyes
FIG & OLIVE

Anthony Reyes, Chicago Native, award winning & acclaimed Chef. He is a University of Arizona & Scottsdale Culinary... MORE

www.figandolive.com
Mark Rimkus
Flo & Santos

Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Mark has always had a passion for the culinary arts...MORE.

www.floandsantos.com
Matt Riordan
Saigon Sisters

Saigon Sisters is pleased to welcome Matt Riordan as its new Executive Chef... MORE

www.saigonsisters.com
Kenneth Robinson
Porkchop

Chef Ken Robinson started his culinary journey 16 years ago, in France...MORE.

www.chicagoporkchop.com
Joseph Rose
The Terrace Conrad

No stranger to the upscale-dining scene, Rose began his chef career working with Starwood Hotels & Resorts... MORE

www.conradhotels3.hilton.com
Joseph Rosetti
Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group

Joseph Rosetti grew up in Chicago helping his Italian grandmother create the fresh pasta and sauces of his grandfather’s ...MORE.

www.harrycarays.com
Phil Rubino
Dusek's Board & Beer

Chicago native Phil Rubino is influenced not only by his own experience as a chef over the last 10 years...MORE.

www.dusekschicago.com
Massimo Salatino
Francesca's Restaurants

A native Italian, Massimo Salatino’s career has spanned two decades, from kitchens in Italy to New York City, eventually settling in Chicago...MORE.

www.miafrancesca.com
Arun Sampanthavivat
Arun's Thai Restaurant

Arun Sampanthavivat is Executive Chef/Owner of a world renown Arun's Thai Restaurant since 1985. ... MORE

www.arunsthai.com
Patricio Sandoval
Mercadito/Mercadito Counter

Practically a gourmand from birth, Mercadito Chef and Partner, Patricio Sandoval almost seems genetically engineered ...MORE.

www.mercaditocounter.com
Zoë Schor
Ada Street

Zoë Schor comes to Ada Street in Chicago after working for some of the world’s most renowned chefs...MORE.

www.adastreetchicago.com
Giuseppe Scurato
Ceres' Table

As a child growing up in Sicily, Chef Giuseppe Scurato helped his grandfather run a produce stand at the city market...MORE.

www.cerestable.com
Nathan Sears
The Radler

The Radler is a German beer hall by Chef Partner Nathan Sears (Vie, Mod and Coco Pazzo) and Managing Partner Adam Hebert...MORE.

www.dasradler.com
Patrick Sheerin
Trenchermen

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

www.trenchermen.com
Bruce Sherman
North Pond

As Chef and Partner at Lincoln Park’s North Pond, Sherman utilizes influences he picked up in Paris... 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")... MORE.

www.promontorychicago.com
Dan Smith
Spritz Burger

From the humble beginnings of an 8 square foot apartment kitchen Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh... MORE

www.spritzburger.com
Jose Sosa
Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House Naperville

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

www.hugosfrogbar.com
Danny Sweis
tesori

Chef Danny Sweis of tesori Chicago has been in the industry for 15 years. After graduating from the Western Culinary... MORE

www.tesorichicago.com
Guillermo Tellez
Tippling Hallr

Growing up surrounded by the colors and aromas of his mother’s kitchen in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico... MORE

www.tipplinghall.com
Edgar Torres
Taco Joint

Chef Edgar Torres, who is from Toluca, Mexico, began his culinary career at Vinci and Coco Pazzo ... MORE.

www.tacojoint.com
Matt Troost
Three Aces / Charlatan

Raised in upstate NY, Chef Matt Troost always wanted to be a chef. He started cooking in 1999 and later decided to get his culinary degree... MORE.

www.threeaceschicago.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... MORE

www.pearltavern.com
Jared Van Camp
Leghorn

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

www.leghornchicken.com
Trevin VanDyke
Unite Urban Grill

Executive chef Trevin VanDyke joined the opening team at Unite Urban Grill and serves as executive chef for the West... MORE.

www.uniteurbangrill.com
Randy Waidner
Gibsons Restaurant Group

A Chicago native, Randy Waidner knew he wanted to make a career in the culinary arts even before he entered the ninth grade... MORE.

www.grgmc.com
Stacy Waldrop
Vanille Patisserie

Stacy began his career in pastry 6 years ago as a career changer and student at The French Pastry School... MORE.

www.vanillepatisserie.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... MORE

www.southwaterkitchen.com
Christine Welch
The Coffeecake Connection Co.

Christine Welch is the owner of The Coffeecake Connection Company, a gourmet coffee cake company... MORE.

www.coffeecakeconnection.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, and Promontory... MORE

www.longmanandeagle.com
chris White
Glazed & Infused

Chef Chris is the fresh new face to the Glazed and Infused culinary team. He is an expert on all things doughnuts.1... MORE

www.goglazed.com
Erick Williams
MK The Restaurant

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

www.mkchicago.com
Mathew Wiltzius
Lockwood Restaurant & Bar

Matthew Wiltzius from a young age could never pass up the chance to watch the programs “Cooking with Julia”... MORE

www.lockwoodrestaurant.com
Marc Wuenschel
Hutch

Arizona born but Texas bred; Marc Wuenschel grew up and began his culinary career in Texas... MORE.

www.restaurant-chicagoil.com
Takashi Yagihashi
Takashi / Noodles By Takashi Yagihashi / Slurping Turtle / Tabo Sushi

Over his twenty-five year career, Takashi Yagihashi has been lauded from consumers and critics alike for his exquisite ways of... MORE.

www.takashichicago.com
Alvaro Zamudio
Kinzie Chophouse

Sous Chef, Alvaro Zamudio of Kinzie Chophouse joined the team in 1991. With over 25 years in the culinary arena... MORE

www.kinziechophouse.com
Jose Zetina
Pazzo's Cucina Italiana

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

www.pazzoschicago.com
Bob Zrenner
Hubbard Inn

Bob Zrenner fell in love with cooking at an early age while watching Julia Child after Sesame Street ... MORE.

www.hubbardinn.com
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