2016 Talent
2016 Talent
John Manion
La Sirena / El Che Bar

Any great restaurant concept shouldn’t just stick to the script, according to Chef John Manion. “You have to let it unfold organically.” That’s...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...MORE.

Hector Marcial

Chef Hector Marcial’s culinary fascination began at a very young age, when he began working with his mother in Mexico City, learning... MORE

Jeff Mauro
Pork & Mindy's

It’s true, Jeff Mauro fell for the arts even before he fell for cooking. Immersing himself in the performing arts at an early age, the Illinois native...MORE.

John McClean
Burger Bar

John has been in the restaurant industry for 30 years with a resume consisting of Vice President and Chef d’ Cuisine for Levy Restaurants...MORE.

Terese McDonald

Whether it is the memories of the penny candy counter at her childhood five & dime, or perhaps the overall “magic”...MORE.

Matt McMillin
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants

TThe culinary fire of Matt McMillin has been burning since he was 4 years old. Today, McMillin, 44, has fostered that fire into a career... MORE

Daniel Mejia

Danny started his culinary education at the age of 15 and went on to graduate from the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. His time... MORE

Ross Mendoza
Pump Room

Originally from Long Beach, California, Ross started out his restaurant career by working simultaneously in two kitchens for the well-known... MORE

Matthias Merges
Billy Sunday / Yusho / A10

Owner and Chef of Yusho Restaurant in Chicago, Yusho has open to rave reviews. Receiving great accolades from the top food sites and... MORE

Lloyd Moonga
Rebar - Trump International Hotel and Tower

Lloyd joined the Trump culinary team in May 2015 as Chef from the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company for over fourteen years. He has been... MORE

Cory Morris
Rural Society at Loews Chicago Hotel

Longtime Garces Group chef Cory Morris has been appointed to Chef de Cuisine for Rural Society in the new Loews Chicago Hotel... MORE

Eddie Nero
Big Ed's Bar & Grill

I live in Waukegan with my wife Kim and I have three children Jasmine, Eddie, Isiah and a grandson DJ. The business is owned and operated...MORE.

Brett Neubauer
Howells & Hood

Brett Neubauer boasts more than 14 years of culinary experience, which he brings to Howells & Hood on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. As...MORE.

Megan Neubeck
Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago

Neubeck began her culinary career in Chicago at the renowned four-star Spiaggia in January 2006 where she worked her way up from... MORE

Martial Noguier

Martial Noguier brings more than 30 years of refined and critically acclaimed culinary experience. Originally hailing from Paris, France, Chef... MORE

Oscar Ornelas
Cité Fine Dining Restaurant

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

Evan Packer

Executive Chef Evan Packer joined Bottlefork in August 2015, helming the culinary program alongside Rockit Ranch Productions Partner and... MORE

Trinidad Paez
Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine

Chef Trinidad Paez is the Executive Chef for Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine in Chicago. Chef Paez has grown up in the Indian restaurant... MORE

Dan Pancake
Autre Monde Café & Spirits

Chef Dan Pancake quite literally lives farm to table as a chef with not only a restaurant that represents his deep culinary background...MORE.

Chris Pandel
Balena / Swift & Sons

Take everything that connotes Midwestern charm: effusive goodwill, love of community, and a killer work ethic, and you will find its... MORE

Jason Paskewitz
The Blanchard

A native of the Queens borough in New York City, Jason Paskewitz’s culinary career began at his uncle’s seafood restaurant on...MORE.

Tyson Peterson
Spoke & Steele

Born and raised among the mountains, lakes and wildlife of Utah, Tyson Peterson realized his passion for cooking while growing up alongside...MORE.

Sean Pharr
The Bristol

Chef Sean Pharr, age 34, was born and raised in New London, Wisconsin. Pharr started his career at the age of 16, working as a line cook...MORE.

Andrew Pingul
Cantina 1910

Andrew Pingul, executive pastry chef at Cantina de la Granja, brings over five years of innovative pastry experience to the modern Mexican ...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...MORE.

Ajay Popli

A native of Oak Brook, Ill., Chef Ajay Popli has worked at Arami since June of 2013. He started as a line cook, was promoted...MORE.

Tony Priolo
Piccolo Sogno / Piccolo Sogno Due

Tony Priolo grew up as a young boy cooking with his Sicilian grandmother in her Chicago kitchen, where he was taught the... MORE


Millennium Park   |   Sept 28 - 30