alisha elenz

Alisha was born in Chicago, IL in December 1993 but was raised in the Northwest suburbs and moved back to the city shortly after her high school...MORE

Real Urban Barbecue

Dean Eliacostas is the Executive Chef at Real Urban Barbecue, located in downtown Highland Park, Vernon Hills and Oak Brook. Chef Dean...MORE

Graham Elliot
Chef/Restaurateur/Television Personality

Graham Elliot, a critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur and television personality, is one of the most recognized faces cooking in America today. Growing up a...MORE

Brian Enyart
Dos Urban Cantina

Dos Urban Cantina is a restaurant inspired by the boldness and bounty of Mexico. The menu is an original interpretation of Mexican...MORE

moreno espinoza
Wildfire Restaurant

Espinoza has served as a chef in the Lettuce Entertain You organization since 1989. A native of Michoacán in central Mexico, Mr. Espinoza amassed over a...MORE

Halyna Fedus
Shokolad Pastry & Cafe

Halyna originally from Ternopil Ukraine became a Chicagoan in the mid-nineties. She began her culinary career in Europe and continued... MORE

brian fisher

Chicago born and raised, Chef Brian Fisher has worked coast-to-coast from New York to San Francisco. His time in kitchens across the country eventually led...MORE

joe flamm

Chef Joe Flamm is the Chef de Cuisine of Chicago’s Michelin-­‐starred Spiaggia and the newly remodeled Cafe Spiaggia. Working alongside Chef Tony Mantuano, Chef Flamm...MORE

Marcos Flores

Marcos Flores joins Richard Sandoval Restaurants to serve as executive chef of Chicago-based Latinicity that opened in November 2015. Originally...MORE

Jonathan Fox
Firecakes Donuts

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

Susan frasca
Kinzie Chophouse

The Chicago Tribune’s dining critic, Phil Vettel, named Susan Frasca “1998’s Quickest Empire Builder.” The Frasca Hospitality Group is Chicago’s largest female...MORE

jason friedland
Weber Grill

Jason’s culinary career began at the young age of thirteen when he took his first summer job scooping ice cream. He attended Michigan State University...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. Working as a decorative...MORE

Dirk and Terry Fucik
Dirk's Fish and Gourmet Shop

Dirk Fucik has been in the fish business for 42 years. Thirteen years ago, Dirk and his wife, Terry opened Dirk’s Fish & Gourmet... MORE

Aya Fukai
Maple & Ash

Aya Fukai, executive pastry chef for Chicago’s contemporary steakhouse, Maple & Ash, excites the taste buds of her guests with classically inspired seasonal desserts... MORE

Michael Galen
Dusek's Board and Beer

Originally from the rural town of Bowling Green, Missouri, Michael Galen began cooking at an early age. His passion lead him to attend Le Cordon Bleu in Minnesota... MORE

brenda GARCIA
Slightly Toasted

A Chicago native, Brenda Garcia’s heritage fueled her passion for the culinary arts. Her mother's talent for cooking and baking instilled in her a curiosity for the same since...MORE

Lorena Garcia
Lorena Garcia Tapas/ Lorena Garcia Cocina

Venezuelan-born restaurateur, TV personality, TV producer and published author Lorena Garcia is currently one of the country’s leading... MORE

ignacio "Nacho" GARCIA
Monk's Pub

Ignacio has worked in restaurants for over 15 years. His first job was working in Italian cuisine as a pizza & sauté chef. He also...MORE

Mario Garcia
Hilton Chicago

Chef Mario’s inspiring culinary career path with the Hilton Chicago started on May 13, 1996, where he served as a Food Runner/Pot Washer. A short... MORE

Slightly Toasted

Omar Garcia never imagined a life in the culinary arts. While growing up, he often assisted his mother with their family catering business, but never considered it to be a career path...MORE

John gatsos
Tavern on Rush

Since 2001, John Gatsos has been the executive chef at Tavern on Rush in the Gold Coast. Tavern is an upscale, contemporary steakhouse offering an extensive menu...MORE

Chris Gawronski
Acanto / The Gage

As executive chef at Acanto and The Gage, Chris Gawronski brings inherent talent and genuine passion to every dish he creates. Growing up... MORE

Mindy Gohr
Bittersweet Pastry Shop

Pastry Chef Mindy Gohr attended Le Cordon Bleu Chicago where she mastered classic techniques and recipes and earned a degree...MORE

santiago gonzalez

Santiago Gonzalez has represented Yucatan in 20+ international events such as The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, ITB Berlin, and the...MORE

dillion graham

Dillion Graham grew up in Eastern Oklahoma. He spent a lot of time with his grandparents in Arkansas. They lived on a farm, so they caught or grew most of their own food...MORE

Cameron Grant
Osteria Langhe

Cameron Grant has striven for the last 15 years to excel in creating food and managing kitchens, starting with his University cafeteria...MORE

Scott green
Travelle Kitchen + Bar

Award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Scott Green joined The Langham, Chicago and Travelle Kitchen + Bar from The French Pastry School, where he served as a Pastry Chef...MORE

Sarah Grueneberg

Since her childhood cooking with her grandparents on their ranch in Victoria, Texas, Sarah Grueneberg knew she was destined to work...MORE

corey grupe
Timothy O'Toole's

Chef Corey Grupe, originally from Libertyville, IL, began cooking at a very young age. His mother taught him techniques in the kitchen, while his father introduced him to the world of...MORE

Daniel grynevich
Kuma's Too

Chef Daniel Grynevich began his culinary career with Kuma's Corner in 2008, where he fell in love with the attitude and atmosphere of the heavy metal themed burger bar...MORE

carla hall
ABC's The Chew

Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew,” seated alongside restaurateurs and “Iron Chef America” stars...MORE

ernesto hernandez
Anita Li

Ernesto Hernandez was born in the city of Querétaro in June 1978. After studying Communication in Guadalajara, where he lived since 1996, he worked at several...MORE

Kevin Hickey
Rockit Ranch Productions

Chef Kevin Hickey joined the Rockit Ranch Productions team in 2013 as the new Chef/Partner of Bottlefork and The Duck Inn as well as...MORE

John Hogan
River Roast

Chef John Hogan is a fixture in the Chicago culinary community. He started his career at four-star Everest, Kikki’s Bistro and the... MORE

Sandra Holl

Sandra Holl graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in French but decided to go to culinary school after tiring of working...MORE

Daniel holzman
The Meatball Shop

Daniel started his cooking career at the age of 15 at Le Bernardin in New York City and remained there for 4 years until, at the suggestion of chef Eric Ripert, he attended the Culinary...MORE

Stephanie Izard
Girl & the Goat / Little Goat Diner / Duck Duck Goat

Stephanie Izard was born in Chicago, Illinois. She grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, and attended the University of Michigan followed... MORE

CJ Jacobson

Orange County-born, Chef C.J. Jacobson is best known for his ‘rustic-refined’ way of cooking. His craft revolves around hyper-seasonal, local California ingredients... MORE

Travelle Kitchen + Bar

Chef de Cuisine Ricardo Jarquin of Travelle Kitchen + Bar is a young force on Chicago’s culinary scene with an impressive pedigree. A native of Nicaragua, Jarquin...MORE

robert juan

Originally from the Midwest, Robert Juan will serve as Executive Sushi Chef of Katana Chicago, the acclaimed Robatayaki-style concept by Innovative Dinning...MORE

Brian jupiter

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Executive Chef Brian Jupiter has always believed that Southern comfort food is a true art form. Pulling inspiration from closely...MORE

PAUL kahan
One Off Hospitality

Two decades after opening One Off Hospitality Group’s flagship restaurant, Blackbird, Paul Kahan has become the nationally recognizable face of Chicago chefs. Passionately...MORE

Andrew kappa
Bohemian House

As Chef de Cuisine of Bohemian House, Andrew Kappa creates a menu of approachable and rustic Central European-inspired fare, influenced by the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland...MORE

Paul Katz
Old Town Pour House

As the corporate executive chef for Bottleneck Management, Paul Katz oversees the culinary programs at all restaurant properties... MORE

Ryan Kikkert
Roanoke Restaurant & Lounge

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. It was there that he experienced the sights, smells...MORE

Bill Kim

Award-winning Chef Bill Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the United States at age 7. His first formal kitchen duty – roasting... MORE

Mott Street/Ruxbin

Born and raised in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, Chef Edward Kim moved to the Big Apple, where he attended New York University, earning a B.A. in political science...MORE

Ellen king

Ellen is a classically trained chef and has worked in various restaurants in Seattle with a specialty in French, Mediterranean and Vegetarian foods. She also served as the artisan...MORE

Josh Kulp
Honey Butter Fried Chicken

In fall 2013, after eight years of running a highly successful underground Chicago supper club, Josh Kulp and Co-Chef/Managing Partner Christine Cikowski launched their first brick...MORE

Matthew Lair
Clever Rabbit

Chef Matt Lair, Florida native, began his career at local seafood restaurants in his home state, including Avenue Sea with Chef David Carrier, who later brought Matt to Chicago with him to...MORE

amber lancaster
Bernie's Lunch & Supper

With culinary experience spanning the globe, Amber Lancaster has mastered her craft in several remarkable kitchens. Following her studies at Le Cordon...MORE

Jared leonard
BBQ Supply Co.

Jared Leonard created BBQ Supply Co. on the timeless traditions of wood-fired cooking, and from-scratch recipes, to bring Chicagoans a direct and authentic barbecue...MORE

Rob levitt
The Butcher & Larder

While pursuing a degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Rob worked as a dishwasher and prep cook. He soon moved on to be a line cook...MORE

James lintelmann
Baptiste & Bottle

James Lintelmann is the Executive Chef of Baptiste & Bottle and Noyane at the Conrad Chicago, set to open in summer 2017 along the city’s Magnificent Mile. Lintelmann joined...MORE

Aaron Lirette

A Chicago native, Aaron is responsible for developing GreenRiver's menu with new twists on simple, comforting American dishes, as well... MORE

Francisco Lopez
New Rebozo Chicago

Francisco Lopez, known as Chef Paco is the Chef/Owner of one of The Best Authentic Mexican Restaurants in Oak Park and Chicago land... MORE


Millennium Park   |   Sept 26 - 30