Voting for the Banchet Award Winners is Now OPEN*

Winners for the Jean Banchet Awards will be chosen through industry vote, in collaboration with the Jean Banchet Panel. Between NOVEMBER 28 and DECEMBER 11, 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 14, 2018 at Venue Six10.

*To request a ballot, please email Sarah Evans at sevans@cff.org

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

2018 Banchet Award Nominees

Restaurant of the Year, Presented by the Illinois Restaurant Association

  • Monteverde
  • The Publican
  • Sixteen
  • Vie

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

  • Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde)
  • Noah Sandoval (Oriole)
  • John Shields (Smyth and The Loyalist)
  • Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia, Proxi)

Rising Chef of the Year

  • Diana Dávila (Mi Tocaya Antojería)
  • Nick Dostal (Sixteen)
  • Brian Fisher (Entente)
  • Sam Plotnick and Don Young (Temporis)

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

  • Ross Henke (Quiote)
  • Joel Heseman (The Bristol)
  • Bill Montagne (Nico Osteria)
  • Sarah Rinkavage (Lula Cafe, Marisol)

Pastry Chef of the Year

  • Mari Katsumura (Entente)
  • Genie Kwon (Oriole)
  • Greg Mosko (NoMi Kitchen)
  • Anna Posey (Elske)

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

  • Kyleen Atonson (Honey’s)
  • Angelyne Canicosa (Vie)
  • Maree Rogers (Momotaro)
  • Evan Sheridan (Sixteen)

Best Neighborhood Restaurant

  • Daisies
  • Le Bouchon
  • Old Irving Brewing Co.
  • Osteria Langhe

Best Ethnic Restaurant

  • HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen
  • Isla Pilipina
  • La Chaparrita
  • Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant

Best New Restaurant

  • Elske
  • Proxi
  • Quiote
  • Smyth

Best Sommelier, Presented by Champagne Henriot

  • Andrew Algren (Cherry Circle Room)
  • Matty Colston (Parachute)
  • Jill Gubesch (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Leña Brava, Cruz Blanca, Xoco, Xoco Bistro)
  • Parag Lalit (Sixteen)

Best Mixologist, Presented by Breakthru Beverage Illinois

  • Stephanie Andrews (Billy Sunday)
  • Julieta Campos (The Whistler)
  • Amit Gilad (GreenRiver)
  • Joshua Novy (Homestead on the Roof)

Best Restaurant Design

  • the Albert
  • Beatnik
  • Portsmith
  • Proxi

Best Service

  • Acadia
  • Cherry Circle Room
  • Oriole
  • Sepia

NEW * Best Bar

  • Best Intentions
  • Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery
  • Income Tax
  • Lost Lake

Banchet Culinary Achievement Award:

  • Katsu and Haruko Imamura (Katsu)


The 2017 Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence 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: 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 9 - OCTOBER 22. 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 3, 2017.

*Eligibility: Award winners from previous three years (2015-2017) 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 11, 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 14, 2018 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.