Jean Banchet Awards


The 2015 Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence Winners:

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Restaurant of the Year, Presented by Illinois Restaurant Association
Fat Rice

Chef of the Year, Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water & Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water
Chris Pandel: Bristol/Balena – B. Hospitality

Rising Chef of the Year, Presented by ITW Food Equipment Group (Hobart, Vulcan, Traulsen)
Beverly Kim & Johnny Clark: Parachute

Best Chef-de-Cuisine
Tony Quartaro: Formento’s

Pastry Chef of the Year
Sandra Holl: Floriole

Rising Pastry Chef of the Year, Presented by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas
Kelly Helgesen: Lula Café

Best Neighborhood Restaurant
mfk.

Best Ethnic Restaurant
Birrieria Zaragoza

Best New Restaurant
The Blanchard

Best Sommelier, Presented by Tenzing Wine and Spirits
Elizabeth Mendez: Vera

Best Mixologist, Presented by Breakthru Beverage
Jacyara De Oliveira: Sportsman’s Club

Best Restaurant Design
Cherry Circle Room

Best Restaurant Service
Billy Sunday

Banchet Lifetime Achievement:
Carrie Nahabedian (NAHA, Brindille)


Previous Banchet Award Winners