2017 Jean Banchet Award Winners

Restaurant of the Year, Presented by Illinois Restaurant Association

Blackbird

Chef of the Year, Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water & Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water

Andrew Brochu (Roister)

Rising Chef of the Year, Presented by ITW Food Equipment Group (Hobart, Vulcan, Traulsen)

Bill Montagne & Jennifer Kim (Snaggletooth)

Best Chef-de-Cuisine, Presented by Sparrow Coffee Roastery

Wilson Bauer (Schwa) 

Pastry Chef of the Year 

Meg Galus (Swift & Sons/Momotaro/BOKA) 

Rising Pastry Chef of the Year, Presented by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas

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, Presented by Breakthru Beverage Illinois

Julia Momose (GreenRiver)

Best Restaurant Design

Dixie 

Best Restaurant Service

BOKA 

Best Alternative Dining

Nomad

Banchet Culinary Achievement Award (not open to the public):

Rick Bayless


The 2016 Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence Winners

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 Culinary Achievement: Carrie Nahabedian (NAHA, Brindille)


Nominations
The public is invited to propose nominations* for the Jean Banchet Awards at www.banchetawards.com from OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 23. The proposed nominations are tallied and the results are further narrowed by the Jean Banchet Panel. The final four nominees in each category will be announced to the public on NOVEMBER 1, 2016.

*Eligibility: Award winners from previous three years (2013-2015) may not be candidates again in the same category, though they may be eligible in other categories.

Winners
Winners for the Jean Banchet Awards will be chosen through industry vote, in collaboration with the Jean Banchet Panel. Between NOVEMBER 28 and DECEMBER 12, members of the culinary industry** will cast their vote for the winners electronically and the winners will be announced live at the Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Venue Six10.

**All registered voters must currently work in or be directly affiliated with a Chicagoland area restaurant in order to be eligible.

Jean Banchet Panel Description
The Jean Banchet Panel consists of Chicago's foremost food and beverage journalists, photographers, and elite gastronomes. The panel gathers throughout the year to discuss, compare, and contrast experiences at a variety of culinary establishments. They are required to dine and drink at as many different places as possible throughout the year -- from hot dogs to fine dining and everything in between. No members of the Jean Banchet Panel are affiliated with any of Chicagoland's restaurants or bars.