Chicago Gourmet 2014 Celebrity Chefs

Chicago Gourmet 2014 Celebrity Chefs

Chicago Gourmet 2014 – a celebration of gourmet food and fine – featured many local celebrity Chefs, including Rick Bayless, Stephanie Izard, and Jimmy Banos.

Stephanie Izard Girl and The Goat

Stephanie Izard, Girl and The Goat

What I especially liked about this year’s event, was that the celebrity Chefs were front and center at the event, giving food preparation demonstrations, wine tasting and pairing seminars, and book signings. They were often seen chatting and taking photos with guests. And all seemed to be having as much fun as the patrons.

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Chef Stephen Henry, Palmer House

This year, I had the pleasure of seeing a cooking demonstration by Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Japonais in Chicago. Not only is Chef Morimoto a culinary celeb in Chicago, but he’s known around the world for his amazing talent. I’ve even had the pleasure of eating as his restaurant in Hawaii where I had the best chicken in my life.

Chicago Gourmet 2014 Masaharu Morimoto

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Japonais

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Chef Chris Marchino, Spiaggia

And the celebrity appearances extended beyond those local to Chicago. Carla Hall, Chef and Co-Host of ABC’s The Chew, gave a live cooking demonstration, featuring Carla’s comfort foods, on the Bon Appetit Main Stage.

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Chef Carla Hall, ABC’s The Chew

So many celeb Chefs, so little time. Until next year Chicago Gourmet….

Ciao!

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