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
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
ozzy amelotti
Carnivale Restaurant

Originally from Argentina, Chef Ozzy Amelotti has worked more recently in Chicago and Minneapolis restaurants featuring...MORE
johnny anderes
Bar Biscay

Johnny Anderes’ interest in food began with his grandfather, an international pilot who acquired a passion for French cooking during his travels overs... MORE
bryant anderson
Broken Barrel Bar

Chef Bryant Anderson is a culinary graduate and has been cooking professionally in and around Chicago for over 15+ years. Anderson previous... 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
Javier Avalos
The Berghoff Restaurant & Adams Street Brewery

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
Matt Ayala
Cochon Volant Brasserie

Matt Ayala is the Executive Chef of Cochon Volant Brasserie, located in Chicago's Loop neighborhood. In 2013, Ayala ...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

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
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
emily bloom
Half Sour

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
Mariela Bolaños
Food Fanatics (US Foods)

Chef Mariela Bolaños discovered a deep passion for cooking at a young age throughout her years of travel to Mexico with her family...MORE
Lorenzo Boni
Barilla Executive Chef, North America

Chef Lorenzo Boni grew up with a passion for Italian food in Bologna, Italy. While studying culinary arts, Lorenzo traveled extensively throughout Italy and the USA, immersing himself in the regional cuisines... MORE
Jovanis Bouargoub

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Rob Boyd
Punch House

A native of Texas, Rob Boyd grew up in the Lone Star State before moving to San Francisco to study media theory and criticism at San Francisco State University... MORE
bob broskey
Beacon Tavern

Robert Broskey is the executive chef at Chicago’s Beacon Tavern. He is self-trained and the first person in his family to work in the hospitality industry. Raised in  ... MORE
ryan burns
Monnie Burke's

Executive Chef, Ryan Burns brings experience from some of Chicago’s most esteemed kitchens, including Alinea, Oriole and The Blanchard. As a Detroit native... 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
Marcos Campos
Bonhomme Hospitality Group

Marcos Campos, born and raised in Valencia, Spain, began his culinary career at his father's butcher shop at the young age of 15...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
sandy chen
Koi Fine Asian Cuisine

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
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
abe conlon
Fat Rice

Chef Conlon’s bold and vibrant global cuisine is a reflection of his Azorean-Portuguese heritage and deep-dive travels where he explores historic foodways and...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
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
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

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
aaron cuschieri
The Dearborn

After working under a number of the country’s most acclaimed chefs throughout the last decade of his career, Detroit native Aaron Cuschieri...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 /
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
miguel De leon
Eris Brewery and Ciderhouse

Miguel de Leon has worked in the restaurant business since high school, working his way up from a dishwasher. Throughout the years, he noticed many people come and...MORE
Peter DeRuvo
Davanti Enoteca

Peter DeRuvo graduated in 1991 from Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island, where he earned an AOS in Culinary Arts. He returned to...MORE
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
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
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
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
didier durand

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

Millennium Park   |   Sept 24 - 29, 2019