2016 Talent
2016 Talent
Devon Quinn
Paramount Events Chicago

Executive Chef Devon Quinn’s interest in the hospitality industry was sparked at the age of eight, when his parents first brought him...MORE.

Christian Ragano

The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is pleased to announce Christian Ragano as Executive Chef of Cindy’s. Ragano will oversee the culinary... MORE

Bjorn Rasmussen
Old Town Social

Bjorn Rasmussen is the Corporate Chef for hospitality group Element Collective concepts, including Nellcôte, RM Champagne Salon... 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 ... MORE

Greg Reich
Terry's Toffee

In October 2015 Reich Family Kitchens, CCO Greg Reich (Chief Confectionary Officer), COO Jeff Reich (Chief Operating Officer), and ...MORE.

Matt Reichel
Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group

Chef Reichel has been a part of the Berghoff family for more than 20 years. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Reichel... 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, Executive Chef...MORE.

Anthony Reyes
Carmine's / Rosebud Steakhouse

We introduce Anthony Reyes, a Chicago native and award-winning Chef. He is a University of Arizona & Scottsdale Culinary Institute... MORE

Mark Rimkus
Flo & Santos

Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Mark has always had a passion for the culinary arts. Watching “The Frugal Gourmet” television...MORE.

Matt Riordan
Saigon Sisters

Executive Chef Matt Riordan, who heads the kitchen at both Saigon Sisters and Bang Chop Thai Kitchen, is a Chicago native... MORE

Joseph Rosetti
Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group

Rosetti started his culinary career with Disney, where his obvious talent led to his rapid elevation to a chef task force charged with...MORE.

Patrick Russ
Seven Lions

All before the age of 30, Patrick Russ constantly and passionately worked his way up in the cooking-ranks, now earning the title of Executive Chef...MORE.

Mark Sabbe
Sociale Chicago

After attending an open house at Kendall College and having an hours long conversation with the now Dean of the school, Chef Dina...MORE.

Ryan Sand
Bernie's Lunch & Supper

Chef Ryan Sand is a Partner with Peas & Carrots Hospitality Group and Executive Chef at Bernie’s Lunch & Supper in River North, Chicago. Sand... MORE

Richard Sandoval
Richard Sandoval Restaurants / Latinicity

Growing up in Mexico City, Richard Sandoval would join his grandmother in the kitchen and gather around her large table with family...MORE.

Mario Santiago
May St. Cafe & SteakHouse Contemporary Latin

Mario Santiago began his acquisition to excellence in the culinary perfection back in the late seventies working in his family businesses...MORE.

Allison Scott
Stock Café

Allison is the sous-chef at Local Foods' Stock Cafe. She's helped lead the kitchens at Sunday Dinner Club and Hoosier Mama Pie Company. She...MORE.

Nathan Sears
The Radler

Chef Nathan Sears discovered his career in cooking by circumstance. A Midwest native, born in Arkansas and raised in Chicago's south...MORE.

Mindy Segal

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

Brian Sharko
Sharko's BBQ

WHY BBQ? “For the past two years, I have traveled the South and Midwest taking in and experiencing the many styles, techniques, and...MORE.

Patrick Sheerin

A chef and restaurateur, Patrick Sheerin, is the executive chef/managing partner of Trenchermen restaurant in Chicago’s Wicker Park... MORE.

Bruce Sherman
North Pond

A native Chicagoan, chef/partner Bruce Sherman of Chicago’s North Pond restaurant utilizes influences from his travels and cooking... MORE.

Matt Sliwinski
The Promontory

After graduating from Kendall College in 2008 with a degree in culinary arts, Matt Sliwinski (known fondly as "Skittles") accepted... MORE.

Art Smith
Chicago q

Art Smith is a critically acclaimed celebrity chef and co-owner of the highly successful restaurants Art and Soul in Washington D.C.... MORE

Anamaria Solis
Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Anamaria Solis grew up in the historic food town of Sante Fe, New Mexico. The youngest and only girl in a family of 5. At a young age... MORE

Barry Sorkin
Smoque BBQ

Barry Sorkin a former IT professional who left his safe and comfortable career to pursue his dream of bringing his passion for great... MORE

Jose Sosa

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

Joanna Stachon
Ada St.

At the ripe age of 24, Joanna Stachon has already ascended the ranks in the kitchen to become executive chef at Ada Street. Wise... MORE

John Stage
Dinosaur BBQ

John Stage, the founder and owner of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, began his career in cooking out on the open road. In 1983, John and two... MORE

Michael Taus
Taus Authentic

Acclaimed chef Michael Taus is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York who began his career working... MORE

Josh Thoma
Smack Shack

Thoma is an award-winning and critically acclaimed restaurant operators from the Twin Cities—instrumental in creating Minneapolis iconic... MORE

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson has spent more than half his life in kitchens. At 35 years old, he’s held positions at two acclaimed restaurants... MORE

Jose Torres
Italian Village Restaurant

More than 40 years of professional cooking and management experience. Executive Chef of The Village in Italian Village family of Restaurants. His cooking... MORE.

Ashley Torto
The Dawson

Light-hearted. Playful. Composed. These are words that The Dawson’s pastry chef Ashley Torto often ascribes to her desserts... MORE.

Matt Troost

Matt Troost did what many chefs did during their coming-of-age: soul searching and finding a true passion in cooking. For Troost, it was... MORE.

Frank Valdez
Pearl Tavern / Son of A Butcher Tavern

Corporate chef, Frank Valdez, knew he wanted to become a chef from an early age. A Chicago native, Valdez decided to enroll at the... MORE

Jared Van Camp
Leghorn Chicken

Named the "Sausage King of Chicago" by food writer Heather Shouse (TimeOut, Food & Wine), "Best New Chef in Chicago" by,... MORE.

Tom Van Lente
White Oak Tavern & Inn

After gaining national recognition at the Bib Gourmand-honored TWO and the renowned taco mecca, Big Star, Tom Van Lente is back... MORE.

Kyle VerVynck
Uncle Bub’s BBQ

Kyle was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and began his culinary career over 10years ago. Kyle attended the Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. While... MORE.

Randy Waidner
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

A Chicago native, Randy Waidner knew he wanted to make a career in the culinary arts even before he entered the ninth grade. In high... MORE.

Zachery Walrath
The Florentine

Zachery Walrath learned to love the restaurant business at a young age. Between his father who worked for a food distribution company... MORE.

Roger Waysok
South Water Kitchen

South Water Kitchen is a culinary love letter to Chicago, the home Executive Chef Roger Waysok loves and has always lived in. Drawing... MORE

Jared Wentworth
Longman & Eagle/ Dusek's Board & Beer/ The Promontory

Chef Jared Wentworth brings over 20 years of cooking experience to Longman & Eagle, Dusek’s Board and Beer, and Promontory. Versed ... MORE

Andrea Williams

Andrea Williams, Chef de Cuisine at ZED451, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended Florida State University in Tallahassee... MORE

Gary Wiviott
Barn & Company

Gary Wiviott is a nationally recognized barbecue authority. From the popular online tutorial that started it all to his lively cooking demonstrations... MORE

Erling Wu-Bower
Nice Osteria

Nico Osteria’s chef de cuisine and 2015 James Beard Foundation “Best Chef: Great Lakes” nominee, Erling Wu-Bower’s focus and intensity... MORE

Marc Wuenschel
Hutch American Bistro

Arizona born but Texas bred; Marc Wuenschel grew up and began his culinary career in Texas. Marc has been in the Chicago market... MORE.

Takashi Yagihashi
Slurping Turtle

Takashi Yagihashi has been lauded from consumers and critics alike for his exquisite ways of melding contemporary French, Asian and American cuisine. In... MORE.

Alvaro Zamudio
Kinzie Chophouse

Alvaro Zamudio joined the team in 1991 when Kinzie Chophouse opened its doors 25 years ago . With over 35 years in the culinary... MORE

Jose Zetina
Pazzos Chicago

Chef Zetina started working for Pazzo's in 1995 under Executive Chef Claudio Brusamolino, a classically trained chef from Northern Italy. The... MORE.


Millennium Park   |   Sept 28 - 30