2019 Chefs
brian ahern

As a studio art major at the College of Charleston, Brian Ahern got his first real taste of the restaurant industry as a way to earn extra income. Many hours and a few kitchens later, Brian...MORE

Tahira Alag
Mozzarella Store, Pizza & Caffé

Tahira Alag has been passionate about cooking for as long as she can remember. She fondly remembers the joy of cooking with her mother in...MORE

Louie Alexakis

Louie Alexakis, the current owner and chef of Avli Restaurant in Winnetka IL., and Avli Taverna in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, grew up in the...MORE

George Alpogianis
Kappy's American Grill

Founded in 1995, T.A.G. Restaurants currently owns and operates eight dining establishments in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Surrounded by food, the Alpogianis’ destiny to delve into the business of restaurants was inevitable... MORE

Bar Biscay

Johnny Anderes’ interest in food began with his grandfather, an international pilot who acquired a passion for French cooking during his travels overseas.... MORE

Augie Arifi
Bobby's Lincoln Park

Augie, also known as “The Mad Chef”, is a self-taught chef who joined Bobby at Ristorante Agostino in 1986. His cooking style can be characterized as Italian eclectic... MORE

michael armstrong
TAO Chicago

Michael Armstrong has risen from a nine-year-old experimenting with different blends of seasoning for ramen noodles, to helming the kitchen at one of the nati... MORE

isidro arroyo
Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi

Chef Isidro Arroyo started his culinary career with Hyatt Regency Chicago in 1996 where he worked as an intern then hired full-time as a line cook. Chef ... MORE

luis aucaquizhpi
Mirabella Italian Cuisine

Mirabella is an Italian steakhouse in the same location where Mirabell Restaurant once stood in the heart of Avondale. Mirabell... MORE

jesse badger
Homestead on The Roof

Jesse Badger has more than two decades of experience in every facet of the restaurant industry, including management positions in both the kitchen and...MORE

Jimmy Bannos Sr.
Heaven on Seven

Heaven on Seven at 111 N. Wabash, 7th floor, Chicago, is the original location for the authentic Cajun cuisine of critically acclaimed chef/owner Jimmy Bannos. With the ever-famous gumbo, Heaven on Seven... MORE

Jimmy Bannos Jr.
Piggie Smalls Gyro Shop / The Purple Pig

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... MORE

Bar Takito

Direct from Mexico City, Juan graduated from New York’s Institute of Photography, then followed his passion for culinary arts. His career... MORE

Amanda Barnes

Executive Chef Amanda Barnes grew up on a Texas cattle ranch and hustled her first culinary job at the age of 13... MORE

Rick Bayless
Frontera Grill / Topolobampo / XOCO / Leña Brava / Cruz Blanca Cervecería

Most people know Rick Bayless from winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, beating out the French and Italian with his authentic Mexican cuisine. His highly rated Public Television... MORE

Johnny besch

Johnny Besch possessed the makings of a chef—unparalleled discipline, an immense appreciation for ingredients, and an unending curiosity for the...MORE

greg biggers
Margeaux Brasserie

As the Executive Chef of Chicago’s Margeaux Brasserie and Petit Margeaux, Greg Biggers leads the the two French restaurants from the Michelin Star and ...MORE

jamie bissonnette
Little Donkey / Coppa / Toro Restaurants

Chef Jamie Bissonnette earned his Culinary Arts degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale by the young age of 19 and spent his early 20s eating and cooking ...MORE

Laurel Boger
Eli's Cheesecake Co.

Chef Boger is the Executive Pastry Chef and creative Research Chef for The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. Aside from dazzling Eli’s... MORE

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Christian Brassfield
The Palmer House Hotel

With 17 years of experience cooking in some of the most recognized kitchens from around world, Executive Chef Christian Brassfield brings an extensive... MORE

Ryan Burns
Monnie Burke's

Monnie Burke’s is excited to announce the appointment of new Executive Chef, Ryan Burns. Chef Ryan brings experience from some of Chicago’s most esteemed kitchens, including Alinea, Oriole and The Blanchard. ... MORE

Mike Cain
Famous Dave's

In 2003, Mike Cain joined the Blue Ribbon Restaurants family. He trained in Chicago, IL, and went on to open five Famous Dave’s in the Metro Detroit area, and one Famous Dave’s in North Olmsted, OH...MORE

Tony Castillo

Tony Castillo is the Executive Chef and Co-owner of Longitud315 in Highwood, IL. Chef Tony brings to Highwood and to all food lovers... MORE

Henry Cerdas

Henry Cerdas has always had his feet firmly planted in his dual citizen, bi-cultural roots. As a Chicago-born, Cubs-loving, Tico (Costa Rican), he spoke English at school and Spanish... MORE

Jintana Charernsook
Jin Thai Cuisine

Jintana Charernsook was born in 1955 in Yala, Thailand - a Southern province bordering Malaysia. The only daughter out of 7 children, Jin woke up...MORE

sandy chen
Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge / Le Sud / Club 77

Growing up in the Provence Wen Zhou, Zhe Jiang of Southern China, in a small village just south of Shanghai, Sandy Chen began her culinary journey as a child by helping prepare...MORE

Yongho Cho

Chef Yongho Cho is the Executive Sushi Chef for Kamehachi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. Chef Cho was born in Seoul, Korea and spent most ...MORE

Michael Ciapciak
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits / Pretty Cool Ice Cream

Michael Ciapciak is the owner of Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits (with two Chicago locations) & Co-Owner of the newly opened Pretty Cool Ice Cream in Logan Square....MORE

bangbangpie.com / prettycoolicecream.com
Federico Comacchio
Gioia Ristorante & Pastificio

Chef and Partner Federico Comacchio’s culinary journey spans more than 30 years of bringing Italy’s vibrant flavors to life. Born in Lodi, Italy – located in the northern region ...MORE

Pascal Condomine
Fig & Olive

Pascal Condomine joined Fig & Olive in 2015 as Chef De Cuisine of their Midtown location and in 2018 was promoted to Corporate Chef...MORE

steve Coppolillo
Carmine's Chicago

Growing up in large Italian family meals were always a very important event; Some of his earliest cooking memories are of watching his mother and grandmother...MORE

luca corazzina
312 Chicago

A native Italian, Luca Corazzina brings a wealth of knowledge about both the cuisine and culture of his home country to 312 Chicago. Born in...MORE


Chef Cordova has been cooking for over ten years. He worked his way from the front lines of the dish pit and then moved upwards from there....MORE

abel cortes

Abel Cortes was born in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. with his family at age 14. The oldest son of two working parents, he found himself in the...MORE


Blackbird Sous Chef Kyle Cottle met Executive Chef Ryan Pfeiffer in culinary school in Joliet where they studied under...MORE

Kevin Cowens

Born in New Orleans and raised in Dallas Texas, went to college with a major in creative writing and a minor in art education. Learned how to cook from his mother...MORE

Dana Salls Cree
Pretty Cool Ice Cream

Dana Salls Cree is a 20 year veteran of the restaurant industry, with 15 years focused on desserts. Her career began in Seattle, and has taken her inside some of the worlds best restaurants,...MORE

Carlos Cruz
The Promontory / The Ruin Daily / Saint Lou's Assembly

Born and raised in the outskirts of Houston in Spring, Texas, Carlos Cruz first became interested in the culinary arts by taking part in a hands-on high school externship, which placed him right in the heart...MORE

Kevin Cuddihee
Porter Kitchen & Deck

Kevin Cuddihee is the Executive Chef at Porter Kitchen and Deck in the West Loop.  Kevin brings 23 years of restaurant experience to the kitchen at Porter...MORE

chris curren
Fulton Market Kitchen

As the Executive Chef of Fulton Market Kitchen, Chris Curren oversees menu development, staff hiring and training...MORE

thai dang
HaiSous / Cá Phe Dá

Chef Thai Dang along with Director of Operations and wife Danielle showcase the flavors and depth of Vietnam at their Chicago restaurant, HaiSous in Pilsen the...MORE

www.haisous.com / www.caphedachi.com
diana dávila
Mi Tocaya Antojería

Chef Diana Davila Boldin is the Executive Chef and Owner of Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. A native of the Chicago suburbs...MORE

Supout Deepipat
Dao Thai Cuisine

I was born and raised in Thailand and moved to Chicago in 1987 to study at Harold Washington College. My first job was as a server at Bangkok...MORE

Rohini Dey

A leading restaurateur, proponent of Indian cuisine with her unique Latin twist across Vermilion Chicago and NYC, an avid supporter of women – former World Bank economist and...MORE

Carolina Diaz
Terzo Piano

Growing up in a large Mexican family outside of Chicago, Carolina Diaz always had a special relationship with food. Whether cooking meals....MORE

Franco Diaz
Torali Italian Steakhouse at The Ritz Carlton Chicago

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago welcomes Franco Diaz as the new Executive Chef where he will lead all culinary operations in the downtown hotel including Torali Italian-Steak....MORE

justin diglia
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Growing up in a small Midwestern town of only 1,800, Justin Diglia’s interest in hospitality didn’t stem from dining at splashy restaurants or eating the food of award-winning....MORE

Eddie Duly
Star of Siam

Chef Eddie Duly earned a master degree in business management. Eddie opened the first Thai restaurant in Chicago in 1980 and since 1984 he has opened...MORE

Didier Durand

Chef Didier Durand has been cooking for over 30 years. He began his culinary trade at the Cooking School in Bergerac, France. Chef Didier ...MORE


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