III Forks Steak House
Aeschbacher's father, also a restaurant professional, led him to where he is today. At the age of 11, was mentored by his father, then Executive Chef of Lawry's...
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"The Food Buddha"
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...
As a studio art major at the College of Charleston, Brian Ahern got his first real taste of the restaurant industry as a way to earn extra income. Many hours and a few kitchens later, Brian...
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...
Mercat a la Planxa
Hailing from the heart of Catalonia, Barcelona native Diego Lopez Amat is thrilled to bring his culinary talents to Chicago. His grandparents were chefs themselves...
Chef Marcos is the driving force behind Bar Lupo’s punk rock Italian fare. A free-ranging mix of classic regional Italian and Taylor Street red sauce cuisines, each dish balances soul and technique...
Chef Ashlee Aubin, a Michigan native, has been cooking in Chicago for the last eight years. His first position in Chicago was at the...
The Berghoff Restaurant
Chef Javier has been a part of the Berghoff family for 14 years. Avalos runs the main Restaurant kitchen, while assisting Berghoff’s Executive Chef Reichel with the other three...
Brent Balika serves as the Executive Chef of Margeaux Brasserie & Petit Margeaux, the two new French restaurants from the Michelin Star and James Beard...
Heaven on Seven
Heaven on Seven at 111 N. Wabash, 7th floor, Chicago, is the original location for the authentic Cajun cuisine of critically acclaimed chef/owner Jimmy Bannos. With the ever-famous gumbo, Heaven on Seven provides...
Chef Barrera was first inspired to cook watching the early greats on television; greats such as Jeff Smith, Martin Yan, Julia Childs, Jack Tripper...
Nicole Bayani believes in a simple food philosophy– excellence in the kitchen is achieved through refined cooking techniques, utilizing seasonal...
Sieger Bayer, nearby Berwyn resident, teamed up with friends and Oak Parkers Mischa and Jacob DeHart to open The Heritage in Forest Park....
Frontera Grill / Topolobampo / Xoco / Leña Brava / Cruz Blanca Cervecería
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. His highly rated Public Television...
Born in Chicago and raised in Albion, Michigan, Chef Bernard Bennett discovered his love of cooking as a child while preparing dishes alongside his mother at home. After ...
Johnny Besch has traveled the country extensively to apprentice under and learn from some of the best chefs in the business. During his nine years in the Pacific Northwest, Johnny...
Café des Architectes
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. The chic, Gold Coast restaurant is celebrated...
Chef Boger is the Executive Pastry Chef and creative Research Chef for The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. Aside from dazzling Eli’s...
The Blanchard in Lincoln Park, Ryan Burns enacts skills and philosophies learned throughout his career in a diverse mix of kitchens around...
MCA Cafe (Museum of Contemporary Art)
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Burman has been fascinated by the culinary world since a young age, having spent much of his childhood cooking alongside his mother...
Chicago native, Chef Matthew Cappellini serves as the Executive Chef at Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center. Chef Cappellini inspires guests to taste the uncommon...
Living Breathing Kitchen
Having grown up in Palm Springs to a famous chef father, renowned popup chef, Robert Castañeda, never wanted to cook. He has now been cooking for 35 years and is one of the five original...
Tony Castillo is the Executive Chef and Co-owner of Longitud315 in Highwood, IL. Chef Tony brings to Highwood and to all food lovers...
Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge
Growing up in the Provence Wen Zhou, 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...
Chef Yongho Cho is the Executive Sushi Chef for Kamehachi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. Chef Cho was born in Seoul, Korea...
Cherry Circle Room
Peter Coenen an executive chef with Land and Sea Dept, overseeing their various concepts within the Chicago Athletic Association, which...
Executive Chef Trevor Cole brings diverse culinary experience and a fresh take on Latin cuisine to Ronero, the Latin American-inspired rum bar and restaurant...
Coco Pazzo Restaurants
Federico is passionate about the clean, clear flavors of Tuscany. He believes that every dish should simply express the fresh ingredients from...
Growing up in large Italian family meals were always a very important event; Some of his earliest cooking memories are of watching his mother and grandmother...
Michael Jordan's Steak House
A Chicago-area native, Chef Craig Couper’s love for the culinary world began at a young age and at just 11-years-old, he was already religiously reading...
Chef Luke Creagan has spent much of his life, in and out of the kitchen, learning and gleaming lessons from his experiences to celebrate food and create dishes that appeal...
As a young boy, Chef Rodolfo Cuadros would slip on an apron and pull up a stool to help his mother and aunts in the kitchen; Little did anyone know that time spent...
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Mi Tocaya Antojería
Chef Diana Davila Boldin is the Executive Chef and Owner of Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. A native of the Chicago suburbs...
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Rhyme or Reason
Chef Chris de la Cueva is best known for his out-of-the-box yet comfort style of cooking. His art is focused around the freshest...
As executive chef of Tanta in Chicago, Jesus Delgado maintains a simple and traditional food philosophy, letting the flavors of his ingredients shine. Collaborating...
When Falguni Dewjee and Ali Dewjee, a husband / wife team, opened Bombay Wraps in 2010, they had one simple mission – to share...
A leading restaurateur, proponent of Indian cuisine with her unique Latin twist across Vermilion Chicago and NYC, an avid supporter of women – former World Bank economist and...
Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of The Art Institute of Chicago
Growing up in a large Mexican family outside of Chicago, Carolina Diaz always had a special relationship with food. Whether cooking meals....
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Growing up in a small Midwestern town of only 1,800, Justin Diglia’s interest in hospitality didn’t stem from dining at splashy restaurants or eating the food of award-winning....
Strings Ramen Shop
Chef/executive manager of Strings Ramen, Katie Dong cooks and creates exceptionally satisfying cultural ramen and dishes. Growing up in Chicago, Katie...
Nick Dostal was appointed executive chef of Sixteen in January 2017 after two years serving as chef de cuisine at the two Michelin-starred restaurant...
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