17th Annual Grand Chefs Gala Winners!!

unnamed (1)On Friday, January 31st, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted 17th Annual Grand Chefs Gala at the gorgeous Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive.  In an exciting, Oscars-style presentation, the Gala  recognized the following as the  city’s culinary elite with the Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence:

Best Sommelier – Valerie Cao, Grace

Best Mixologist – Paul McGee, Three Dots and a Dash

unnamed (2)Best Restaurant Design – Embeya

Best Restaurant Service – Grace

Best New Restaurant – Fat Rice

Restaurant of the Year – Grace

Rising Pastry Chef – Thomas Raquel, Acadia

Rising Chef – Thai Dang, Embeya

Chef-de-Cuisine – Nicholas Romero, Grace

Pastry Chef of the Year – Leigh Omilinsky, Cafe des Architectes

Chef of the Year – Curtis Duffy, Grace

For more information on the gala, visit www.grandchefsgala.com

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