Jean Banchet Awards

2015 Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence: Best Neighborhood Restaurant

SQUAD LOVE! Thanks to our neighbors, the Team from Heaven, and everyone who grinds it out on the daily in this great burg. We could not be more proud.

Best Neighborhood Restaurant

Jean Banchet AwardsThe 2015 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

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)