Chicago's top culinary stars honored at Jean Banchet Awards 2017

Over 400 culinary enthusiasts gathered at the 2017 Jean Banchet Awards on Sunday, January 15th at Venue Six10 on South Michigan Avenue. 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, partner and general manager at Grace. A selection of award winners includes Blackbird for Restaurant of the Year, Andrew Brochu of Roister for Chef of the Year, Oriole for Best New Restaurant, Dixie for Best Restaurant Design and Nomad for Best Alternative Dining.

Rick Bayless was also honored for a Culinary Achievement Award at the Post Awards Party presented by ITW Food Equipment Group. Besides the winners listed here, a full list can be found below.

The Awards precede the Grand Chef’s Gala on February 3rd which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation while honoring all nominated restaurants and treating event attendees to tasting tables and light bites from the best in Chicago’s culinary scene.

(Photos by Caitlin Lee Photography and Galdones Photography)

Rising Chef of the Year–Bill Montagne & Jennifer Kim (Snaggletooth)

Best Chef-de-Cuisine–Wilson Bauer (Schwa)

Pastry Chef of the Year–Meg Galus (Swift & Sons/Momotaro/BOKA)

Rising Pastry Chef of the Year–Alison Cates (Honey’s)

Best Neighborhood Restaurant–Sumi Robata Bar

Best Ethnic Restaurant–5 Loaves Eatery

Best New Restaurant–Oriole

Best Sommelier–Rachel Driver Speckan (City Winery)

Best Mixologist–Julia Momose (GreenRiver)

Best Restaurant Design–Dixie

Best Restaurant Service–BOKA

Best Alternative Dining–Nomad

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