2014 Talent
Who's Coming
Devon Quinn
Paramount Events Chicago

Devon cultivated his culinary proficiency working alongside renowned chefs, such as Jean-Michel Diot at La Bastide Tapenade in San Diego where Quinn learned basic French technique...MORE.

Duce Raymond
Sweet Baby Ray's

Duce was destined for the food industry. Son of Chef Larry Raymond and nephew of Dave Raymond, the creators of Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce...MORE.

Jose Ramirez
Kinzie Chophouse

Jose has been an integral part of the Kinzie kitchen since 2004. He joined our team after spending 5 years in the steakhouse scene, perfecting his skill... MORE

Tigist Reda
Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

Chef Tigist Reda is the owner of Demera Ethiopian restaurant, a cozy spot at the Uptown area...MORE.

Cardel Reid
The Signature Room at the 95th

With 13 years of kitchen experience under his belt at The Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center...MORE.

Michael Dean Reynolds
Bread & Wine

Michael Dean Reynolds started his cooking career in 1992 completely by accident... MORE

Mark Rimkus
Flo & Santos

Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Mark has always had a passion for the culinary arts...MORE.

Matt Riordan
Saigon Sisters

Saigon Sisters is pleased to welcome Matt Riordan as its new Executive Chef... MORE

Kenneth Robinson

Chef Ken Robinson started his culinary journey 16 years ago, in France...MORE.

Joseph Rosetti
Harry Caray's Restaurant Group

Joseph Rosetti grew up in Chicago helping his Italian grandmother create the fresh pasta and sauces of his grandfather’s homeland in Marche, Italy... MORE

Phil Rubino

Massimo Salatino
Francesca's Restaurants

A native Italian, Massimo Salatino’s career has spanned two decades, from kitchens in Italy to New York City, eventually settling in Chicago...MORE.

Arun Sampanthavivat
Arun's Thai Restaurant

Arun Sampanthavivat, owner and executive chef of a world-renowned Arun‟s Thai Restaurant in Chicago, holds a degree in Thai literature and foreign languages from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok... MORE

Patricio Sandoval
Mercadito/Mercadito Counter

Practically a gourmand from birth, Mercadito Culinary Director and Owner Patricio Sandoval almost seems genetically engineered for a culinary life...MORE.

Jonathon Sawyer

As a proud Clevelander, award‐winning Chef Jonathon Sawyer has worked tirelessly to help elevate the culinary landscape of his hometown with his distinctive restaurant concepts... MORE

Zoë Schor
Ada Street

Zoe Schor comes to Ada Street in Chicago after working for some of the world’s most renowned chefs...MORE.

Joe Scroggs
The Roost

Joe Scroggs is a native of Chapel Hill, NC and the owner of The Roost Carolina Kitchen, recently named by multiple local food critics as the best fried chicken in Chicago... MORE

Tony Scruggs
Old Crow Smokehouse

Tony Scruggs developed an interest in cooking at an early age, helping his Sicilian-born grandmother in the kitchen, and spending his summers steaming crabs at a crab house and marina in Maryland as a teen... MORE

Giuseppe Scurato
Ceres' Table

As a child growing up in Sicily, Chef Giuseppe Scurato helped his grandfather run a produce stand at the city market in Palermo, where being surrounded by fresh fruits and vegetables sparked his interest early in pursuing a culinary career...MORE.

Nathan Sears
The Radler

Chef Nathan Sears discovered his career in cooking by circumstance...MORE.

Mindy Segal
Mindy's HotChocolate

Mindy Segal specializes in contemporary American cuisine, placing a modern twist on traditional classics... MORE

Brian Sharko
Sharko's BBQ

Continuing the Sharko heritage of food service in Chicago since 1956... MORE

Michael Sheerin

Named a "Rising Star" by StarChefs in 2008, Chicago native Michael Sheerin first began his career as a chef by attending culinary school at Grand Rapids Community College... MORE

Patrick Sheerin

A chef and restaurateur, Patrick Sheerin, with his brother Michael Sheerin, is the executive chef/owner of Trenchermen restaurant in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood... MORE.

Bruce Sherman
North Pond

As Chef and Partner at Lincoln Park’s North Pond, Sherman utilizes influences he picked up in Paris... MORE.

Dan Smith
Spritz Burger

Dan Smith is one half of The Hearty Boys; he and partner Steve McDonagh are trend setting Chicago caterers... MORE

Joaquin Soler
Smalls. Smoke Shack & More

Joaquin has spent most of his life in the kitchen... MORE.

Rithea Som
Cantina Laredo

Jose Sosa
Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House Naperville

As a young boy , Jose Sosa grew up helping out on his grandparent’s farm in a small town outside Mexico city... MORE

Nick Stewart
Glazed & Infused

Nick Stewart joins Glazed & Infused after nearly 5 years with the Marion Street Cheese market as pastry chef and sous chef under Chef Leonard Hollender... MORE

Kristine Subido
Pecking Order

Kristine Subido is the chef and owner of Pecking Order in Chicago, where she puts a playful spin on the Filipino food of her youth... MORE

Matt Troost
Three Aces

Millennium Park   |   Sept 28 - 30