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Be sure to check out our feature on the amazing bacon cosplay at Baconfest 2015!

Baconfest Chicago finished its seventh year with a sold out weekend. Over 4,500 people and 170 of Chicago’s top chefs joined together in this weekend’s festival at UIC Forum for three sessions of delectable bacon-inspired cocktails, craft beer and unlimited bacon treats. Baconfest Chicago also presented $75,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, an organization that makes sure no one goes hungry in the Second City.

This year Baconfest raised $75,000 for The Greater Chicago Food Depository

“We couldn’t be more excited and proud of how our seventh year of the festival is going. People seem to love bacon more and more every year and we are so happy to provide a forum for both foodies and bacon fans alike. Seven years ago we started with only 10 restaurants and 75 guests and now have over 170 of the best chefs in the city participating. We are honored to be a part of Chicago’s culinary scene and can’t wait to start dreaming of the bacon-y goodness that will come in 2016.”

Seth Zurer, co-founder of Baconfest Chicago

As part of each session, participating chefs competed for the Golden Rasher Award, an award to celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts. A panel of judges gave awards for “Most Creative Use of Bacon” and “Best Front of House Presentation” as well as the “Bob Nueske Commitment to Bacon” award for those who have been a part of Baconfest all seven years. The winners of each award are as follows:

Most Creative Use of Bacon

Friday Dinner: Chef Patrick Sheerin of Trenchermen with Bacon Fried Rice

Saturday Lunch: Chef Takashi Yagihashi of Slurping Turtle with his Bacon Chiyawanmush

Saturday Dinner: Chef Dan Compton of Vie with Bacon Slim Jim & Potato Bacon Soup

Best Front of House Presentation

Friday Dinner: The Bad Apple

Saturday Lunch: Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Saturday Dinner: Knife & Tine and Osteria Langhe Bob Nueske Commitment to Bacon Chef Troy Graves, Chef Pat Sheerin, Chef Nathan Sears, Signature Room, David Burke’s Primehouse & Vie


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