2014 Talent
Who's Coming
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.

Tony Mangano
Pearl Tavern

"I got my first foodservice job the day I was able to get a work permit" said Tony Mangano. Beginning his culinary journey at 14, as many do, in a kaleidoscope of fast food restaurants and foods elective courses offered at school, a true passion was born...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

Joshua Marrelli (30) grew up in San Diego before moving to Chicago to attend Le Cordon Bleu... MORE

Dan Marquis

Executive Chef Dan Marquis comes to Epic Restaurant in Chicago with a diverse and extensive background in professional cooking...MORE.

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 chef 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

Spike Mendelsohn
Good Stuff Eatery

Spike Mendelsohn is a Washington, DC based chef, restaurateur and television personality... 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

Martial Noguier

Martial Noguier, Executive Chef/Owner of Bistronomic and brings more than 25 years of culinary experience... MORE

Mitsu Nozaki
The Gage/The Dawson/Acanto

Mitsu Nozaki joined the culinary team at The Gage and The Dawson as Executive Pastry Chef in February 2014. ...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

Terry Opalek
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

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.

Hisanobu Osaka
Japonais by Morimoto

Chef Hisanobu Osaka, 46, was born in Kagawa, Japan...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.

Nicole Pederson

In 2012, Chef Nicole Pederson joined forces with restaurateur Amy Morton to open Found... MORE

Donald Penza

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

Javier Perez
J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar

Chef Javier Perez considers himself a “self taught” cook whose training and skill was acquired after more than 20 years of working in some of Chicago’s most well regarded restaurants...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


Millennium Park   |   Sept 26 - 30