Saturday, January 29, 2011
What A Night For Chicago Chefs!
Kith & Kin's Andrew Brochu (left) shows off his Jean Banchet medal with Olmeca Altos Tequila brand ambassador Daniel de Oliveira at "Grand Chefs Gala" Friday. (Photos: 312 Dining Diva)
Avenues' Curtis Duffy was MIA at the annual Grand Chefs Gala Friday benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. And too bad because he won the most coveted prize of the night: the Jean Banchet award for Celebrity Chef.
Had the talented toque been there, it would have been one hell of a reunion. Andrew Brochu, who worked with Duffy at Alinea, took home the award for Best Neighborhood Restaurant as executive chef at Kith & Kin.
Dave Beran picked up Alinea's award for Best Fine Dining. The chef de cuisine, who will also lead the team at the upcoming Next restaurant, worked with Duffy and Brochu at Alinea.
Alinea's Chef de Cuisine Dave Beran and GM/Wine Director Joe Catterson.
Beran also used to work at Tru, which also saw some of its alum walk across the stage. The Bristol's Chris Pandel (Rising Chef) and Amanda Rockman (Rising Pastry Chef) as well as Sixteen's Rachael Lowe (Best Sommelier) were all big winners.
Here's the complete list of the Jean Banchet 2010 winners and nominees:
Curtis Duffy Avenues (winner)
Graham Elliot graham elliot
Stephanie Izard Girl & The Goat
Tony Mantuano Spiaggia
Jimmy Bannos Jr. The Purple Pig
Jonathan Beatty Davanti Enoteca
Jason McLeod RIA
Chris Pandel The Bristol (winner)
Best Chef de Cuisine
Brian Enyart Topolobampo
Koren Grieveson Avec (winner)
Ryan LaRoche NoMI
David Posey Blackbird
Best Fine Dining
Alinea Grant Achatz (winner)
Avenues Curtis Duffy
RIA Jason McLeod
Sixteen Frank Brunacci
Celebrity Pastry Chef
Patrick Fahy Blackbird (winner)
Stephanie Prida RIA
Toni Roberts C-House
Mindy Segal Hot Chocolate
Rising Pastry Chef
Todd Feitl Prasino
Meg Galus Cafe Des Architectes
Jessica Oloroso Black Dog Gelato
Amanda Rockman The Bristol (winner)
Leticia Zenteno Ceres Table
Best Neighborhood Restaurant
Kith & Kin Andrew Brochu (winner)
Nightwood Jason Hammel
Prairie Grass Cafe Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris
Sprout Dale Levitski
Chad Ellegood Tru
Dan Pilkey RIA
Steven W. Alexander Spiaggia
Rachael Lowe Sixteen (winner)
Best Catering Company
Berghoff Catering (winner)