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The Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame has announced their twelfth event featuring the induction of Chef John Hogan as Chef of the Year, Chef Mindy Segal as Pastry Chef of the Year, and restaurateur Fred Hoffmann as Industry Leader into the Chefs Hall of Fame for 2018

John Hogan
Chef John Hogan
Mindy Segal
Chef Mindy Segal
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Restaurateur Fred Hoffmann pictured with son Mark Hoffmann

This year, the induction ceremony will precede the For the Love Of Chocolate Foundation’s thirteenth annual fundraiser at The Palmer House Hilton located at 17 East Monroe in downtown Chicago on Saturday, February 17, 2018. The two events have partnered together to bring an over-the-top fanciful foodie experience on a cold winter’s night in Chicago. The induction ceremony will take place at 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Red Lacquer Room immediately followed by Whimsy: A Dessert Dream Brought to Life, until midnight.

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This event will not only honor the inductees, it will also promote and celebrate Chicago's culinary preeminence and raise funds for scholarships for student chefs. After the induction ceremony, the evening will feature 13 full open bars, wandering feast prepared by top local restaurants, current and past inductees, playful performances and live entertainment. The preferred attire for the ladies will be flowing floral gowns and flower crowns, and the preferred attire for the gentlemen will be white tuxedos. Tickets are now on sale for $175 per person. Tickets may be purchased at or When purchasing please make sure to choose the Chef’s Hall of Fame ticket option to attend.


Previous inductees into the Chefs Hall of Fame include the late Chef Charlie Trotter in 2006, Chef Jimmy Bannos in 2007, Chef Rick Bayless in 2008, Chef Carrie Nahabedian in 2009, Chef Art Smith in 2010, Chef Priscilla Satkoff in 2011, Chef Graham Elliot with Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer in 2012, Chef Paul Kahan, Chef Alain Roby, Richard Melman, Chef Hans Aeschbacher, the late Chef Jean Banchet, and the late Chef Louis Szathmary in 2013, Chef Stephanie Izard, Chef Gale Gand, Chef Michael Kornick, Phil Stefani, and Larry Levy in 2014, and Chef Tony Mantuano, Chef Judy Contino, Chef J. Joho, Georges “Kiki” Cuisance, Steve Lombardo and Hugo Ralli in 2015, Chef Fabio Viviani, Chef Sébastien Canonne, Chef Pierre Pollin, Jim Kallas, and Charlie Mok in 2017.


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