2014 Talent
Who's Coming
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.

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.

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.

Duncan Biddulp

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.

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

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.

Arturo Carvallo
Hash House a Go Go

As a young boy growing up in Mexico City, Arturo Carvallo had never thought he would be a Chef in the States... 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 Cheese 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.

Peter Coenen
The Gage

Chef de Cuisine Peter Coenen oversees the daily kitchen operations and menu development for The Gage, a beloved downtown Chicago restaurant... 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.

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

Lamont Donley
Uncommon Ground on Clark

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. My mother and grandfather loved cooking and were especially influential in shaping my culinary career...MORE.

Joseph Doppes
Bistro 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.

Michelle Duran

Born and raised in Washington Heights in New York City, Michelle Duran recalls her first memories behind the scenes as a child in her grandmother's restaurant... MORE

David Dworshak
Takito Kitchen

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

Mitch Einhorn
Twisted Spoke/Lush Wine & Spirits

My first business plan was written on a cocktail napkin and that was where the Twisted Spoke was born... MORE

Graham Elliot
graham elliot/g.e.b.

Graham Elliot is a critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur and television personality who also happens to be one of the most recognized faces cooking in America today...MORE.

Gregory Ellis
2 Sparrows

One might be surprised to learn that Chef/Partner Gregory Ellis, 31, initially began his career a graphic artist... MORE

Nelson Erazo

Silversmith Hotel, a rare gem encased in classical architecture sparkling with a new choice of luxury, is pleased to welcome Nelson Erazo as the executive chef of the vibrant lounge, Adamus...MORE.

Jaysen Euler
Davanti Enoteca

Born in Bowling Green, Ohio, Jaysen Euler started his cooking career at a young age... MORE

Sophie Evanoff
Vanille Patisserie

Sophie Evanoff discovered her love for pastries as a young child...MORE.

Joe Farina
Rosebud Restaurants/Rosebud Steakhouse/Joe Fish

Joe Farina’s life was built on a foundation of American and Italian cuisine... MORE

Paul Fehribach
Big Jones

Born and raised in Jasper, Indiana, Paul Fehribach's small-town upbringing instilled in him a passion for heritage recipes...MORE.

Dirk Flanigan
Il Coniglio

Classically trained, renowned chef, Dirk Flanigan, is excited to announce the launch of his enterprise, Il Coniglio... MORE

Jonathan Fox

An industry veteran for more than 30 years, Fox has been recognized as a noted expert in business strategy, concept creation, development, and expansion...MORE.

Jo-Marie Frigo
Nonna Santi's Biscotti

Jo-Marie Frigo, owner of Nonna Santi's Biscotti, supplies Chicago with traditional, Italian biscotti, based on her Nonna's recipe from Tuscany... MORE

Michael Frontier
Terry's Toffee

Terry Opalek and Michael Frontier began Terry’s Toffee in December of 2002 after finishing the course The Artist’s Way, based on the book by Julia Cameron...MORE.

Dirk and Terry Fucik
Dirk's Fish and Gourmet Shop

Dirk's Fish & Gourmet Shop is celebrating our 8th year as Chicago's premier fish and seafood retail destination... MORE

John Gatsos
Tavern on Rush

For the past twelve years, John Gatsos has been the executive chef at Tavern on Rush in the Gold Coast...MORE.

Chris Gawronski
The Gage

Growing up with a father as a master chef, Christopher came to understand from a young age the challenges and triumphs of a life in the kitchen... MORE

Michelle Gayer
Salty Tart

Michelle Gayer is the most critically acclaimed pastry chef currently living in the Twin Cities and is recognized as one of the best in the country... MORE

Carlos Gaytan

Chef Carlos Gaytan’s culinary journey has been one of hard work, persistence and dedication...MORE.

Della Gossett
Spago Beverly Hills

Della Gossett completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in Arts Education and Painting... MORE

Tim Graham

Having earned four-stars from the Chicago Tribune and a Michelin star while running Chicago’s Tru restaurant, Tim Graham, is an acknowledged rising star in America’s culinary landscape...MORE.

Troy Graves
Red Door

Executive Chef Troy Graves began his career from an unlikely path: He served in the Gulf War... MORE

Mark Grosz

Mark Grosz grew up in Detroit and graduated in 1980 with a degree in accounting. A devoted Detroit Red Wing fan, hockey is life...MORE.

Carla Hall
The Chew

Carla Hall is a co­host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series “The Chew,” seated alongside restaurateurs and “Iron Chef America” stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon... MORE

Perry Hendrix

Perry Hendrix’s penchant for fresh local ingredients and calm demeanor make him perfectly suited for avec and Blackbird...MORE.

Mike Hernandez

Executive Chef Mike Hernandez was born in Long Island and raised in Florida. Hernandez started cooking at a young age with his 97 year old grandmother, Sicilian mother and Puerto Rican father... MORE

Sandra Holl
Floriole Cafe & Bakery

Sandra Holl was trained in San Francisco at the California Culinary Academy and worked as a baker at the renowned Tartine Bakery...MORE.

Tony Hu
Lao Sze Chuan

Tony (Xiaojun) Hu is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, culinary teacher, and community leader... MORE

Riley Huddleston
I|O Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel Chicago

Riley Huddleston couldn't decide whether to become a chef or an entrepreneur when he was growing up...MORE.

Stephanie Izard
Girl & The Goat/Little Goat

Stephanie Izard, James Beard “Best Chef: Great Lakes,” and Food & Wine “Best New Chef” is the Executive Chef/Partner of two Chicago restaurants, Girl & the Goat and Little Goat... MORE

Eric Jorgensen
Mercadito Fish

For Eric Jorgenson, cooking is a lot like Leonardo de Vinci’s belief: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"...MORE.

Paul Katz
Old Town Pour House

SAs the Corporate Executive Chef of Bottleneck Management, Paul Katz oversees the menu concepts and kitchen operations for the company’s entities... MORE

Tom Kenny
Mike Ditka's Chicago

Born 1/26/62 in Chicago Illinois to James and Therese Kenny...MORE.

Brian Key
Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House Chicago

A Chicagoland native, Key started working in restaurants at the age of 13, washing dishes and working the fry station at a Chinese restaurant in Palatine on the weekends... MORE

Jeremy Kiens

Chef Jeremy Kiens was born and raised in Washington State, an area renowned for fresh seafood, an abundance of market fresh produce, and the start of the organic food movement...MORE.

Ryan Kikkert
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Growing up in a large family in East Central Wisconsin, Ryan found his true passion working at a country club at the age of 15... MORE

Bill Kim
Urbanbelly/belly Shack/Belly Q

As a child, Chef Bill Kim’s family immigrated to the United States from Seoul, South Korea, but his mother’s traditional Korean cooking is what sparked his interest ipursuing a culinary career....MORE.

Michael Kornick
MK The Restaurant/Ada Street/DMK Burger Bar/Fish Bar

Chef Michael Kornick, founder and owner of mk, is a nationally recognized leader in the culinary arts... MORE

Josh Kulp
Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken

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

Gil Langlois
Park Grill at Millennium Park

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Michael Lapidus

Following both his heart and his taste buds, Michael LaPidus founded Q-BBQ in LaGrange in 2009 and opened in Downtown Naperville in 2012... MORE

Thomas Lents

Thomas Lents was appointed executive chef of Sixteen in January 2012, after working in the world’s most celebrated fine-dining establishments...MORE.

Roland Liccioni
Les Nomades

Chef Roland Liccioni was born in Saigon in the 1950s, Roland's Vietnamese mother and Corsican father fell in love during a time when many European ex-patriots lingered in Vietnam... MORE

Aaron Lirette

Working his way through the culinary landscape of Chicago, Chef Aaron Lirette has worked at the Sofitel, DuChamp, Acadia and before joining the pre-opening team at Celeste in 2013... MORE

Chris Macchia
The Florentine

Chris Macchia brings more than 15 years of prolific industry experience to his position as executive chef of The Florentine...MORE.

Eric Mansavage
Farmhouse Craft Tavern

Eric Mansavage, a proud product of Steven’s Point, Wisconsin is passionate about working with local farmers and growers to bring the freshest local produce, meats and dairy to Farmhouse Tavern... MORE

Tony Mantuano
Spiaggia/Terzo Piano/Bar Toma/River Roast

Most often recognized as one of the Champions on season two of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” Chef Tony Mantuano is also internationally regarded as an influential culinary force...MORE.

Chris Marchino

Originally from Philadelphia, Chris Marchino has called Chicago home since 2006...MORE.

Katrina Markoff
Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Three days following her graduation from Vanderbilt University, Katrina Markoff moved to Paris to pursue her dream of studying the culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu... MORE

Joshua Marrelli

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Jeff Mauro
Sandwich King

Emmy-Nominated Celebrity Chef, Jeff Mauro was born and raised in Chicago where he was determined from an early age to become the funniest chef in the world...MORE.

Ryan McCaskey

A native of Saigon, Vietnam and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, McCaskey discovered his passion for cooking at an early age... MORE

Shawn McClain
Green Zebra/Sage Restaurant

A native of San Diego, CA and a graduate of the School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College in Evanston, IL, McClain’s star rose quickly in the culinary world... MORE

Steve McDonagh
Spritz Burger

Steve McDonagh is one half of The Hearty Boys; he and partner Dan Smith are trend setting Chicago caterers, authors of “Talk with Your Mouth Full”, original winners of Search For The Next Food Network Star...MORE.

Michael McDonald

As a Chef it’s important for me to seek out the best ingredients at the right time of the year and to use your knowledge to create something unique and unforgettable for the guest... MORE

Terese McDonald

Drawing on childhood memories like the penny candy counter at the local five & dime, the creation of the “Jelly Belly”, or the irresistible “magic” of the sweetest commodity known to man...MORE.

Charlie McKenna
Lillie's Q

When he opened Lillie’s Q in 2010, Chef Charlie McKenna brought award-winning competition BBQ and timeless Southern cooking to the city of big shoulders... MORE

Kevin McMullen


Gray McNally
The Tortoise Club

Having cooked at some of Chicago’s most renowned restaurants, Gray McNally brings an impressive resume and significant industry experience to his position as executive chef of The Tortoise Club... MORE

Masaharu Morimoto
Japonais by Morimoto

Chef Masaharu Morimoto—known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America—has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients...MORE.

Cory Morris
Mercat a la planxa

Chef Morris was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and showed an interest in cooking from a very young age... MORE

Sam Netter
Real Urban Barbecue

At the age of twelve, Sam was fascinated with the operations of a commercial kitchen...MORE.

Megan Neubeck
Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago

On her second trip to Europe, just after graduating high school, Megan L. Neubeck knew she was destined to be part of the food and restaurant industry... MORE

Victor Newgren

All executive chefs are part artist, part general, working a jazz musician’s hours with an athlete’s stamina...MORE.

Martial Noguier
Bistronomic/Troquet River North/Brasserie by LM

Martial Noguier, Executive Chef/Owner of Bistronomic and Managing Chef/Partner of the LM Restaurant Group, brings more than 25 years of culinary experience... MORE

Mitsu Nozaki
10/6 Enoteca/ The Gage/The Dawson

All executive chefs are part artist, part general, working a jazz musician’s hours with an athlete’s stamina...MORE.

Leigh Omilinsky
Café des Architectes at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

In 2010 Leigh Omilinsky joined Sofitel Chicago Water Tower as assistant pastry chef. Promoted to Executive Pastry Chef in 2012... MORE

Oscar Ornelas

For over 30 years award-winning Executive Chef, Oscar Ornelas has been creating an extraordinary dining experience for over half a million guests from throughout the world... MORE

Rick Ortiz
Antique Taco

Rick Ortiz is no stranger to the culinary scene...MORE.

Trinidad Paez
Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine

Executive Chef Trinidad Paez has been in the industry for 15 years, specializing in North Indian, South Indian and regional Indian Cuisine... MORE

Dan Pancake
Autre Monde Café & Spirits

Chef Dan Pancake & Beth Partridge quite literally live farm to table...MORE.

Chris Pandel
The Bristol/Balena

Chris Pandel’s food is rooted in classic French technique highlighting seasonal, local ingredients... MORE

Beth Partridge
Autre Monde Café & Spirits

Chef Dan Pancake & Beth Partridge quite literally live farm to table...MORE.

Donald Penza

Executive Chef, Donald Penza is a graduate of The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago... MORE

Ryan Pitts
RL Restaurant

Executive Chef Ryan Pitts, RL Restaurant, believes the secret to great food is the combination of great ingredients, sound technique and an unwavering dedication to customer service and satisfaction...MORE.

Tony Priolo
Piccolo Sogno/Piccolo Sogno Due

Chef Tony Priolo knew when he was just a child that he wanted to be a chef... MORE

Doug Psaltis
Bub City/Three Dots and a Dash

Having earned three stars from The New York Times and a Michelin star while running the kitchen of New York’s Country restaurant...MORE.

Adam Puskorius
Eddie V's

As Executive Chef Partner of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Chicago, Chef Adam Puskorius directs a kitchen staff of more than 45 and is responsible for all menu execution, culinary development and training... MORE

Devon Quinn
Paramount Events Chicago

Devon cultivated his culinary proficiency working alongside renowned chefs, such as Jean-Michel Diot at La Bastide Tapenade in San Diego where Quinn learned basic French technique...MORE.

Jose Ramirez
Kinzie Chophouse

Jose has been an integral part of the Kinzie kitchen since 2004. He joined our team after spending 5 years in the steakhouse scene, perfecting his skill... MORE

Tigist Reda
Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

Chef Tigist Reda is the owner of Demera Ethiopian restaurant, a cozy spot at the Uptown area...MORE.

Kennon Reed
Cantina Laredo

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

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.

Michael Dean Reynolds
Bread & Wine

Michael Dean Reynolds started his cooking career in 1992 completely by accident... MORE

Mark Rimkus
Flo & Santos

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

Matt Riordan
Saigon Sisters

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

Evan Rondeau
Uncommon Ground on Devon

Evan Rondeau is deeply invested in the custom and practice of local and sustainable food...MORE.

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 homeland in Marche, Italy...MORE.

Patrick Russ
The Dawson

As head chef of The Dawson, Patrick Russ strives to introduce guests to new ways of looking at classic dishes... MORE

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.

Arun Sampanthavivat
Arun's Thai Restaurant

Arun Sampanthavivat, owner and executive chef of a world-renowned Arun‟s Thai Restaurant in Chicago, holds a degree in Thai literature and foreign languages from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok... MORE

Patricio Sandoval
Mercadito/Mercadito Counter

Practically a gourmand from birth, Mercadito Culinary Director and Owner Patricio Sandoval almost seems genetically engineered for a culinary life...MORE.

Jonathon Sawyer

As a proud Clevelander, award‐winning Chef Jonathon Sawyer has worked tirelessly to help elevate the culinary landscape of his hometown with his distinctive restaurant concepts... MORE

Zoë Schor
Ada Street

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

Tony Scruggs
Old Crow Smokehouse

Tony Scruggs developed an interest in cooking at an early age, helping his Sicilian-born grandmother in the kitchen, and spending his summers steaming crabs at a crab house and marina in Maryland as a teen... MORE

Nathan Sears
The Radler

Chef Nathan Sears discovered his career in cooking by circumstance...MORE.

Mindy Segal

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

Tommy Sheean
The Drawing Room

The Gold Coast’s preeminent culinary cocktail lounge, the Drawing Room, continued to elevate its dining experience with the appointment of executive chef Tommy Sheean in 2013... MORE.

Michael Sheerin

Named a "Rising Star" by StarChefs in 2008, Chicago native Michael Sheerin first began his career as a chef by attending culinary school at Grand Rapids Community College... MORE

Patrick Sheerin

A chef and restaurateur, Patrick Sheerin, with his brother Michael Sheerin, is the executive chef/owner of Trenchermen restaurant in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood... MORE.

Bruce Sherman
North Pond

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

Dan Smith
Spritz Burger

Dan Smith is one half of The Hearty Boys; he and partner Steve McDonagh are trend setting Chicago caterers... MORE

Joaquin Soler
Smalls. Smoke Shack & More

Joaquin has spent most of his life in the kitchen... MORE.

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

Nick Stewart
Glazed & Infused

Nick Stewart joins Glazed & Infused after nearly 5 years with the Marion Street Cheese market as pastry chef and sous chef under Chef Leonard Hollender... MORE

Kristine Subido
Pecking Order

Kristine Subido is the chef and owner of Pecking Order in Chicago, where she puts a playful spin on the Filipino food of her youth... MORE

Matt Troost
Three Aces

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.

Michael Tsonton
MH Fish House

Market House on the Square and MH Fish are pleased to announce Michael Tsonton is joining our team as Executive Chef... MORE

Jared Van Camp
Nellcôte/Old Town Social/Leghorn

Named the "Sausage King of Chicago" by food writer, Heather Shouse (TimeOut, Food & Wine), "Best New Chef in Chicago" by TimeOut Eat Out Reader's awards in 2010... MORE.

Tom Van Lente
TWO Restaurant & Bar

As the executive chef of TWO, Tom Van Lente showcases Midwestern ingredients at their prime... MORE

Chico Vilchez
Nacional 27

Chef Chico Vilchez, a native of Michoacan, Mexico, began his culinary career with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises in 1985... MORE.

Paul Virant
Perennial Virant/Vie

Paul Virant is the chef and owner of Vie in Western Springs, Ill. And Perennial Virant in Chicago... MORE

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.

Scott Walton
Howells & Hood

Gardening initially sparked Chef Scott Walton’s interest in the culinary arts, so it’s no wonder he’s brought his farm to table concept to Howells & Hood - freshness is his motto... MORE

John Wayne Formica
E + O Food and Drink

John Wayne Formica, Chef de Cuisine, known as the Traveling Cowboy Chef or “The Duke” is somewhat of a Renaissance Man... MORE.

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

Christine Welch
The Coffeecake Connection Co.

Christine Welch is the owner of The Coffeecake Connection Company, a gourmet coffee cake company that offers both original and gluten-free all natural buttermilk coffee cakes in a variety of sizes and flavors... MORE.

Jared Wentworth
Longman & Eagle/Dusek's Board & Beer/Punch House

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

Justin White
SmallBar Division

“While studying for a degree in graphic design I never expected to be a chef”... MORE.

Erick Williams
MK The Restaurant/DMK Burger Bar/Fish Bar

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

Mathew Wiltzius

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

Marc Wuenschel

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

Alvaro Zamudio
Kinzie Chophouse

Sous Chef, Alvaro Zamudio of Kinzie Chophouse joined the team in 1991... MORE

Jose Zetina
Pazzo's Cucina Italiana

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

Andrew Zimmerman

Since taking the culinary lead at Sepia in 2009, Chef Andrew Zimmerman has garnered national acclaim for his inventive American cuisine... MORE

Bob Zrenner
Hubbard Inn

Bob Zrenner fell in love with cooking at an early age while watching Julia Child after Sesame Street and then asking his Grandma to try some of the recipes... MORE.


Millennium Park   |   Sept 26 - 30