Talent
hans aeschbacher
III Forks Steak House

Aeschbacher's father, also a restaurant professional, led him to where he is today. At the age of 11, was mentored by his father, then Executive Chef of Lawry's...MORE

www.3forks.com
Rodelio Aglibot
The Food Buddha

Born in the Philippines and raised in Hawaii, Rodelio Aglibot had his first inkling that his professional calling in life would be cooking at a very early age, crediting his parents as his culinary...MORE

www.rodelioaglibot.com
brian ahern
Boeufhaus

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

boeufhaus.com
Louie Alexakis
Avli Restaurant

Louie Alexakis is the current Chef/Owner of Avli Estiatorio, located in Winnetka, IL. Louie grew up in the food business, whose family started in the early 1900's in Chicago... MORE

www.avli.us
Diego Amat
Mercat a la Planxa

Hailing from the heart of Catalonia, Barcelona native Diego Lopez Amat is thrilled to bring his culinary talents to Chicago. His grandparents were chefs themselves... MORE

www.mercatchicago.com
Marcos ascencio
Bar Lupo

Chef Marcos is the driving force behind Bar Lupo’s punk rock Italian fare. A free-ranging mix of classic regional Italian and Taylor Street red sauce cuisines, each dish balances soul and technique...MORE

www.barlupochicago.com
Ashlee Aubin
Salero

Chef Ashlee Aubin, a Michigan native, has been cooking in Chicago for the last eight years. His first position in Chicago was at the... MORE

www.salerochicago.com
Javier Avalos
The Berghoff Restaurant

Chef Javier has been a part of the Berghoff family for 14 years. Avalos runs the main Restaurant kitchen, while assisting Berghoff’s Executive Chef Reichel with the other three...MORE

www.theberghoff.com
Matt Ayala
Cochon Volant Brasserie

Matt Ayala is the Corporate Executive Chef of Well Done Hospitality Group, which includes Cochon Volant Brasserie, Taureaux Tavern, Mixed Greens Restaurants, and DoughBros Pizzeria...MORE

www.cochonvolantchicago.com
brent balika
Margeaux Brasserie

Brent Balika serves as the Executive Chef of Margeaux Brasserie & Petit Margeaux, the two new French restaurants from the Michelin Star and James Beard...MORE

www.margeauxbrasserie.com
Timon Balloo
SUGARCANE raw bar grill

As the culinary heart of SUGARCANE raw bar grill, Chef Partner Timon Balloo draws from his broad range of influences and experiences to bring bold, global flavors to every dish on the menu...MORE

www.sugarcanerawbargrill.com
Jimmy Bannos
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 provides... MORE

www.heavenonseven.com
ANDRÉS BARRERA
City Winery

Chef Barrera was first inspired to cook watching the early greats on television; greats such as Jeff Smith, Martin Yan, Julia Childs, Jack Tripper...MORE

www.citywinery.com
nicole bayani
Presidio

Nicole Bayani believes in a simple food philosophy– excellence in the kitchen is achieved through refined cooking techniques, utilizing seasonal...MORE

www.presidiochicago.com
Sieger Bayer
The Heritage

Sieger Bayer, nearby Berwyn resident, teamed up with friends and Oak Parkers Mischa and Jacob DeHart to open The Heritage in Forest Park....MORE

www.theheritageforestpark.com
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

www.rickbayless.com
bernard bennett
The Promontory

Born in Chicago and raised in Albion, Michigan, Chef Bernard Bennett discovered his love of cooking as a child while preparing dishes alongside his mother at home. After ...MORE

www.promontorychicago.com
Johnny besch
BLVD

Johnny Besch has traveled the country extensively to apprentice under and learn from some of the best chefs in the business. During his nine years in the Pacific Northwest, Johnny...MORE

www.blvdchicago.com
Greg Biggers
Café des Architectes

Executive Chef Greg Biggers joined Sofitel Chicago Water Tower in January of 2011 to oversee all aspects of the hotel’s dining operations, including its restaurant, Café des Architectes. The chic, Gold Coast restaurant is celebrated...MORE

www.cafedesarchitectes.com
Laurel Boger
Eli's Cheesecake

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

www.elicheesecake.com
ryan burns
The Blanchard

The Blanchard in Lincoln Park, Ryan Burns enacts skills and philosophies learned throughout his career in a diverse mix of kitchens around...MORE

www.theblanchardchicago.com
Sam Burman
MCA Cafe (Museum of Contemporary Art)

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Burman has been fascinated by the culinary world since a young age, having spent much of his childhood cooking alongside his mother...MORE

www.mcachicago.org
Matthew Cappellini
El Tapeo

Chicago native, Chef Matthew Cappellini serves as the Executive Chef at Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center. Chef Cappellini inspires guests to taste the uncommon...MORE

www.eltapeorestaurant.com
robert castaÑeda
Living Breathing Kitchen

Having grown up in Palm Springs to a famous chef father, renowned popup chef, Robert Castañeda, never wanted to cook. He has now been cooking for 35 years and is one of the five original...MORE

Tony Castillo
Longitud315

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

www.longitud315.com
Saul Chavez
La Josie

Chef Saul “Diablo” Chavez was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. His love for cooking started in 1997 when he got his first job in a kitchen...MORE

www.lajosie.com
sandy chen
Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge

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

www.koievanston.com
Yongho Cho
Kamehachi

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

www.kamehachi.com
Christine Cikowski
Honey Butter Fried Chicken

At Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, Christine Cikowski serves a menu mindful of just how comforting food can be, especially when made with high-quality ingredients...MORE

www.honeybutter.com
Peter Coenen
Cherry Circle Room

Peter Coenen an executive chef with Land and Sea Dept, overseeing their various concepts within the Chicago Athletic Association, which...MORE

www.cherrycircleroom.com
Trevor Cole
Ronero

Executive Chef Trevor Cole brings diverse culinary experience and a fresh take on Latin cuisine to Ronero, the Latin American-inspired rum bar and restaurant...MORE

www.ronerochicago.com
Federico Comacchio
Coco Pazzo Restaurants

Federico is passionate about the clean, clear flavors of Tuscany. He believes that every dish should simply express the fresh ingredients from...MORE

www.cocopazzochicago.com
steve Coppolillo
Carmine's

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

rosebudrestaurants.com
Craig Couper
Michael Jordan's Steak House

A Chicago-area native, Chef Craig Couper’s love for the culinary world began at a young age and at just 11-years-old, he was already religiously reading...MORE

www.mjshchicago.com
Luke Creagan
Bistro Campagne

Chef Luke Creagan has spent much of his life, in and out of the kitchen, learning and gleaming lessons from his experiences to celebrate food and create dishes that appeal...MORE

www.bistrocampagne.com
rodolfo cuadros
Carnivale

As a young boy, Chef Rodolfo Cuadros would slip on an apron and pull up a stool to help his mother and aunts in the kitchen; Little did anyone know that time spent...MORE

www.carnivalechicago.com
Kevin Cuddihee
TWO

As a young boy, Chef Rodolfo Cuadros would slip on an apron and pull up a stool to help his mother and aunts in the kitchen; Little did anyone know that time spent...MORE

www.113two.com
Kris Dabu
Sociale

Kristofer Dabu fell in love with cooking at his very first job as a cook in his hometown of Merrillville, Indiana and he‘s been in the restaurant industry ever since....MORE

www.socialechicago.com
Thai Dang
Hai Sous

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

www.haisous.com
diana dávila boldin
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

www.mitocaya.com
Ian Davis
Band of Bohemia

New York native Ian Davis began his restaurant career at the ripe age of 18 years old when a boxing match misfortune required him to take a job as a dishwasher...MORE

www.bandofbohemia.com
chris de la cueva
Rhyme or Reason

Chef Chris de la Cueva is best known for his out-of-the-box yet comfort style of cooking. His art is focused around the freshest...MORE

www.rhymeorreasonchicago.com
jesus DELGADO
Tanta

As executive chef of Tanta in Chicago, Jesus Delgado maintains a simple and traditional food philosophy, letting the flavors of his ingredients shine. Collaborating...MORE

www.tantachicago.com
Ali Dewjee
Bombay Wraps

When Falguni Dewjee and Ali Dewjee, a husband / wife team, opened Bombay Wraps in 2010, they had one simple mission – to share...MORE

www.bombaywraps.com
Rohini Dey
Vermilion

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

www.thevermilionrestaurant.com
Carolina Diaz
Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing of The Art Institute of Chicago

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

www.terzopianochicago.com
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

www.joes.net/chicago/
katie dong
Strings Ramen Shop

Chef/executive manager of Strings Ramen, Katie Dong cooks and creates exceptionally satisfying cultural ramen and dishes. Growing up in Chicago, Katie...MORE

www.ramenchicago.com
nick dostal
Sixteen

Nick Dostal was appointed executive chef of Sixteen in January 2017 after two years serving as chef de cuisine at the two Michelin-starred restaurant...MORE

www.sixteenchicago.com

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Millennium Park   |   Sept 26 - 30