2014 Talent
Who's Coming
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 Bistro

Graham Elliot is a critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur and television personality who also happens to be one of the most recognizable 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.

Christian Fantoni
Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

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.

Tim Fink
Packing House

Raised in St. Louis, Chef Fink began experimenting with classic dishes at a very early age—both of his parents worked, often leaving him to cook for his brother and sister... 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

Scott Green

Award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Scott Green joins Travelle from The French Pastry School, where he served as a Pastry Chef Instructor in both L’Art de la Pâtisserie and L’Art du Gâteau... 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.

Mario Hernandez
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

Chef Mario Hernandez is a Chicago native who has been building his culinary career since the young age of 15...MORE.

Kevin Hickey

After 18 years with the Four Seasons hotel and resorts, Chef Kevin Hickey has joined the Rockit Ranch Productions team as the new Chef/Partner of Bottlefork...MORE.

John Hogan
River Roast

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

David Jahnke
Italian Village

Chef David Jahnke has over 25 years of Chef experience and began his career at... MORE

Sarah Jordan

Eric Jorgenson
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

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

Jon Keeley
Gemini Bistro/Rustic House

Executive Chef Jon Keeley brings a breath of fresh air into Gemini Restaurant Group, serving as the head of both the Gemini Bistro and Rustic House kitchens in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood... 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 Chicago

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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

Pascal Lorange

Pascal Lorange has always been interested in creating recipes and sharing his love for fine food... MORE


Millennium Park   |   Sept 26 - 30