St. Tropez - Grand Chefs Gala 2014


Bonjour!  


The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence is the only Chicago-based awards presentation that recognizes and rewards culinary originality and talent in the Chicagoland area. Forty-four exceptional chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, and restaurants will vie for the annual Chicago awards and once again the nominating process was open to the public. Online opened on Monday, October 21st and remained open through Monday, October 28.  Votes have been tallied and the top four names in each category are now the 2013 Jean Banchet nominees. The winners for each category will be selected by those within the culinary industry voting by secret ballot. The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence will be presented on Friday, January 31st at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Grand Chefs Gala.





2013 JEAN BANCHET NOMINEES
 

Chef of the Year
Curtis Duffy, Grace
Carrie Nahabedian, NAHA
Paul Virant, Vie/Perennial Virant
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia

Pastry Chef of the Year
Lisa Bonjour, mk
Craig Harzewski, NAHA
Elissa Narow, Vie/Perennial Virant
Leigh Omilinsky, Cafe des Architectes

Chef-de-Cuisine
Ali Ratcliffe-Bauer, Brindille
Andres Padilla, Topolobampo
Sean Pharr, NoMI Kitchen
Nicholas Romero, Grace

Rising Chef
Thai Dang, Embeya
Nicole Pederson, Found
Tom Van Lente, TWO
Lee Wolen, formerly of Lobby Restaurant at the Peninsula Chicago

Rising Pastry Chef
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Dana Cree,
Blackbird
Sarah Mispagel, Nightwood
Thomas Raquel, Acadia
Bobby Schaffer, Grace
Best Sommelier
Valerie Cao, Grace
Chad Ellegood, NoMI Kitchen
Richard Hanauer, The Langham
Arthur Hon, Sepia

Best Mixologist
Charles Joly, The Aviary
Paul McGee, Three Dots and a Dash
Danielle Pizzutillo, Embeya
Sergio Serna, The Drawing Room

Best Restaurant Design
Balena
Boarding House
Brindille
Embeya

Best Restaurant Service
Balena
Grace
Nightwood
Sixteen

Best New Restaurant
Fat Rice
Found
Gather
Travelle
TWO

Restaurant of the Year
Acadia
Brindille
Embeya
Grace





2012 JEAN BANCHET AWARD WINNERS

Chef of the Year: Matthias Merges, Yusho
Pastry Chef of the Year : Sarah Jordan, BOKA
Chef-de-Cuisine: David Posey, Blackbird
Rising Chef: Chris Nugent, Goosefoot
Rising Pastry Chef: Leigh Omilinsky, Café des Architectes
Best Sommelier; Jason Prah, Acadia
Best Mixologist: Ben Schiller
Best Restaurant: Sepia
Best Restaurant Service:  Alinea
Best New Restaurant: Acadia
Best Catering Company: BOKA Catering

2011 JEAN BANCHET AWARD WINNERS

Chef of the Year: Giuseppe Tentori, GT Fish & Oyster
Pastry Chef of the Year : Amanda Rockman, The Bristol
Chef-de-Cuisine: Dave Beran, Next
Rising Chef: Chris Macchia, Coco Pazzo
Rising Pastry Chef: Sarah Jordan, BOKA
Eurest People's Choice Award
Jimmy Bannos, Jr., The Purple Pig
Best Sommelier; Michael Muser, The Peninsula Chicago
Best Mixologist: Josh Pearson, Sepia
Best Neighborhood Restaurant: The Bristol
Best Fine Dining: Next
Best New Restaurant: Next
Best Catering Company: Limelight



2010 JEAN BANCHET AWARD WINNERS
 

Celebrity Chef:  Curtis Duffy, Avenues
Celebrity Pastry Chef:  Patrick Fahy, Blackbird
Chef-de-Cuisine:  Koren Grieveson, Avec
Rising Chef:  Chris Pandel, The Bristol
Rising Pastry Chef:  Amanda Rockman, The Bristol
Best Sommelier:  Rachael Lowe, Sixteen
Best Neighborhood Restaurant:  Kith & Kin, Andrew Brochu
Best Fine Dining:  Alinea, Grant Achatz
Best Catering Company:  Berghoff Catering
People’s Choice Award:  Jim Chapman, Eurest Dining Services


To Benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation