|Jimmy Bannos, Jr.|
JIMMY BANNOS, jR.
Jimmy Bannos Jr., a fourth-generation restaurateur, was born and raised in Chicago’s Heaven on Seven. Put to work for his father at age five, Jimmy learned the trade firsthand while spending days at the family-owned Louisiana-style restaurant. Once realizing he shared his father’s passion for food and the restaurant industry, he decided to attend the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I. Upon graduating, Jimmy returned to Chicago to assist Gabriel Viti at Miramar Bistro, and then Scott Harris with opening one of his Mia Francesca locations. From there, Jimmy let his passion and palate guide him to more Mediterranean styles of cuisine, taking a six-month excursion to Italy to immerse himself in the culture, foods and wines.