Chicago is foodie fabulous: Jean Banchet Award winners for Culinary Excellence 2016

Chicago is foodie fabulous: Jean Banchet Award winners for Culinary Excellence 2016
Chef Carrie Nahabedian, winner inaugural Banchet Culinary Achievement Award.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted 400 of Chicago's top chefs, peers and fans for the Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence Sunday night at Venue SIX10. The Banchet Awards are the only Chicago-based awards presentation that recognizes and rewards culinary originality and talent in the Chicagoland area.

And the winners are.....drum roll please!

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR--Fat Rice

CHEF OF THE YEAR--Chris Pandel, B. Hospitality

BEST NEW RESTAURANT--The Blanchard

BANCHET CULINARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (new this year)--Chef Carrie Nahabedian of Naha and Brindille.

RISING CHEF OF THE YEAR--Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, PARACHUTE

PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR--Sandra Holl, Floriole

BEST CHEF-DE-CUISINE--Tony Quartaro (Formento's)

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT--mfk.

RISING PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR--Kelly Helgesen, Lula Cafe

BEST SOMMELIER--Elizabeth Mendez, Vera

BEST MIXOLOGIST--Jacyara De Oliveira, Sportsman's Club

BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE--Billy Sunday

BEST RESTAURANT DESIGN--Cherry Circle Room

BEST ETHNIC RESTAURANT (NEW CATEGORY) --Birrieria Zaragoza

Following the awards, nominees and attendees enjoyed an after-party featuring food from Antique Taco, Bar Toma, Cemitas Pueblas, Chicago's Doghouse, Chop Shop, Gibson's Steakhouse, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, Peninsula Chicago, Pork + Mindy's and Shake Shack.

Congrats to ALL!

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