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Charity Event

Over 400 culinary enthusiasts gathered January 13, at Venue Six10 for the 2019 Jean Banchet Awards. Presented by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence are the only Chicago-based awards ceremony that recognize culinary originality and talent throughout the region.  Guests were greeted with a champagne reception followed by the award ceremony hosted by Michael Muser, former partner and general manager at Grace.  

A selection of award winners includes RESTAURANT for Restaurant of the Year, CHEF of RESTAURANT for Chef of the Year, CHEF of RESTAURANT for Pastry Chef of the Year, RESTAURANT for Best New Restaurant, RESTAURANT forBest Service, and RESTAURANT for this year’s new category, Best Counter Service. Also during the ceremony, legendary chef and restaurateur Michael Foley, was awarded the Banchet Culinary Achievement Award. A full list of award winners can be found below. 

Following the Banchet Awards, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the Grand Chef’s Experience at the Field Museum of Natural History (1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.) on February 1, 2019 where all nominated restaurants will be honored, and event attendees will be treated to tastings from top chefs in Chicago’s culinary scene. 

Full Winners List:  

Restaurant of the Year, Presented by the Illinois Restaurant Association

  • George Trois

Chef of the Year, Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water & Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water

  • Jason Hammel (Lula Café, Marisol)

Rising Chef of the Year

  • Alisha Elenz (mfk. restaurant) 

Best Chef-de-Cuisine, Presented by Sparrow Coffee Roastery

  • Ryan Pfeiffer (Blackbird) 

Pastry Chef of the Year, Presented by Cacao Barry

  • Nicole Guini (Blackbird, Avec)

Rising Pastry Chef of the Year, Presented by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas

  • Elaine Townsend (Fat Rice)

Best Neighborhood Restaurant

  • Pizzeria Bebu

Best Heritage Restaurant

  • A Place by DAMAO

Best New Restaurant

  • S.K.Y.

Best Sommelier, Presented by Champagne Henriot

  • Jill Gubesch (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Leña Brava)

Best Mixologist, Presented by Breakthru Beverage Illinois

  • Stephanie Andrews (Billy Sunday)

Best Restaurant Design

  • Pacific Standard Time

Best Service

  • Temporis 

Best Counter Service

  • Calumet Fisheries

Best Bar

  • Moody Tongue


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