Our Chefs


Awards Gala & Reception

Monday, May 2, 2016, 6:00 P.M.
Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

Gala Reception Chefs


Erik Anderson and Jamie Malone
Brut, Minneapolis 
Presented by Breville®
Chicken Liver Terrine with Ritz Crackers and Pruneaux à l'Armagnac    
TV Inspiration: Dan Akroyd playing Julia Child on SNL

 

JBF Award Winner
Michael Anthony    
Untitled, NYC 
Citrus-Cured Wahoo 
TV Inspiration: Gilligan's Island
 

JBF Award Winners
Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski
The Progress and State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
Asparagus with Morels
TV Inspiration: Jolly Green Giant 

Erik Bruner-Yang 
Maketto, Washington DC    
Presented by Waldorf Astoria® Hotels & Resorts
Jing Roll

JBF Award Winner
Gerard Craft 
Niche, St. Louis    
Presented by True Refrigeration®     
Milk Steak
TV Inspiration: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia


​JBF Award Winner
Aaron Franklin    
Franklin Barbecue, Austin
Sliced Brisket
TV Inspiration: The Flintstones​

Michael Gilligan and John Suley    
Presented by Royal Caribbean International
Milk Chocolate Bonbon with Passion Fruit Ganache
Foie Gras Macaron
TV Inspiration: Lucille Ball, I Love Lucy

JBF Award Winner
Spike Gjerde    
Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore
Fish Sticks with Tartar Sauce
TV Inspiration: Mr. Burns, The Simpsons ​

JBF Award Winner
Markus Glocker    
Bâtard, NYC
Octopus Pastrami
TV Inspiration: Brian Finch, Limitless​

JBF Award Winner 
Jennifer Jasinski
Rioja, Denver 
Presented by Skuna Bay Salmon
Skuna Bay Lomi Lomi Salmon with Macadamia–Ginger Pesto, Cucumber Granita, and Whipped Basil
TV Inspiration: Magnum, P.I.

JBF Award Winner
Mark Ladner    
Del Posto, NYC
Tri-Mezzini > Tuna, Chicken, and Egg Tea Sandwiches
TV Inspiration: Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Downton Abbey 

JBF Award Winner
Jim Lahey    
Sullivan Street Bakery, NYC 
Banoffee Pie
TV Inspiration: Inspector George Gently​

JBF Award Winner
Jessica Largey     
Los Angeles
Abalone–Avocado Toast with Pickled-and-Charred Cucumbers
TV Inspiration: BBC Earth ​

JBF Award Winner
Donald Link    
Link Restaurant Group, New Orleans
Louisiana Crayfish Rémoulade on Brioche
TV Inspiration: Treme​

Leigh Omilinsky  
Presented by Valrhona
Chocolate–Stout Cake Doughnuts
TV Inspiration: The Simpsons

JBF Award Winner
Ryan Pfeiffer    
Blackbird, Chicago
Tamagoyaki with Artichokes, Ramps, and Dried Duck
TV Inspiration: Fox Mulder, The X-Files​

JBF Award Winner
Charles Phan    
The Slanted Door, San Francisco
Hue Dumplings
TV Inspiration: The Streets of San Francisco​

Derek Poirier 
Presented by Valrhona
The Samcro > Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts and Whiskey
TV Inspiration: Sons of Anarchy 

JBF Award Winner
Naomi Pomeroy    
Beast, Portland
Pork Meatloaf with Caramelized Pineapple Gastrique
TV Inspiration: Sam the Butcher, The Brady Bunch​

JBF Award Winner
Doug Psaltis    
Bub City, Chicago
Texas Hot Links All the Way
TV Inspiration: Bo Duke, The Dukes of Hazard​

JBF Award Winner
Jonathon Sawyer    
Team Sawyer Restaurants, Cleveland
Wild Ohio Game Crépinette 
TV Inspiration: Daryl Dixon, The Walking Dead​

JBF Award Winner
Alon Shaya    
Shaya, New Orleans
Duck Liver Pâté with Fava Bean Salad
TV Inspiration: Hannibal​

JBF Award Winner
Jason Stanhope
FIG, Charleston
White Shrimp Bagnarotte
TV Inspiration: Jack Tripper, Three's Company​

Jeffrey Steelman
Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi, Bethesda, MD  
Presented by HMSHost
Spot Prawn Ceviche with Avocado, Compressed Cucumber, Yuzu Tobiko, Wasabi Snow, Prawn Salt, and Petite Herbs and Greens
TV Inspiration: Steve McGarrett, Hawaii Five-0​

Lonnie Varisco    
Presented by Braveheart Black Angus Beef® from PERFORMANCE Foodservice
Espresso-Rubbed Braveheart Black Angus Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Crème Fraîche
TV Inspiration: Bonanza

Diane Yang    
Spoon & Stable, Minneapolis
Grapefruit Curd with Vanilla Chantilly Cream and Crispy Thyme Meringue
TV Inspiration: Punky Brewster
 



Gala VIP Experience Chefs

JBF Award Winner
Paul Kahan
​One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago

JBF Award Winner
Donnie Madia Gianfrancisco
One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago

Cosmo Goss
The Publican, Chicago
Vegetable Trio > Beef Heart Tartare with Tuna Tartare; Burrata with Fava Beans and Strawberry Salsa Verde; Grilled Asparagus Salad with Avocado and Flaxseed–Tahini Vinaigrette​

Nicole Guini
Blackbird, Chicago
Chocolate Cake with Coconut Crémeux, Jivara Milk Chocolate Ganache, Toasted Almond Ice Cream, and Smoked Coeur de Guanaja Sorbet


Perry Hendrix
avec, Chicago
Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder Tagine with Chickpeas, Tunisian Couscous, Smoked Yogurt, Carrots, and Mint


Erling Wu-Bower
Nico Osteria, Chicago
Ramp–Potato Cappelletti with Langoustines, Pine Nuts, and Pickled Lemon            
 

Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 6:00 P.M.
Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers

 

Reception and Dinner Chefs

JBF Award Winner
Paul Bartolotta 
The Bartolotta Restaurants, Milwaukee
Fricassea di Astaco e Carciofi > Lobster–Artichoke Fricassee
TV Inspiration: The Galloping Gourmet​

Host Chefs
Philip DeMaiolo and Matthew Tiscornia
Pier Sixty, NYC
Passed Canapés

George Mendes 
Lupulo, NYC 
Salt Cod Cru with Coconut, Smoked Trout Roe, Coriander, and Shiso
TV Inspiration: Gilligan’s Island​

JBF Award Winner
Mary Sue Milliken     
Border Grill, Los Angeles
Cuban Squash Blossom Empanada
TV Inspiration: I Love Lucy
            
JBF Award Winner                 
Anne Quatrano    
Bacchanalia/Star Provisions, Atlanta
Lightly Smoked Duck with Summerland Farm Spring Greens and Cherries
TV Inspiration: Donald Duck
 

Dessert Reception Chefs 


Pastry Chef
Marc Aumont    
Gabriel Kreuther, NYC 
MacGyver Mille Feuille Verrine > Creme Brûlée Duct Tape Dome with Vanilla Swiss Army Frappé, Caramel Safety Pin Sauce, Caramelized Cable Wires of Inverted Puff Pastry, Caramel Match Stick Biscuit, and Chocolate Paper Clip Fudge
TV Inspiration: MacGyver

JBF Award-Winning Pastry Chef
Emily Luchetti    
Leo’s Oyster Bar, San Francisco
Caramel-Roasted Pineapple Sundae with Pistachios and Coconut
TV Inspiration: SpongeBob SquarePants


Pastry Chef
Carla Tomasko
Bacchanalia, Atlanta
Wicked Strawberry Hand Pies with Cornmeal, Hibiscus, and Chilies
TV Inspiration: Once Upon a Time​

JBF Award Winner
Ming Tsai
FoodyDirect
Cupcakes​

Pastry Chef
Miro Uskokovic    
Gramercy Tavern and Untitled, NYC 
Rhubarb–Lemon Tarts with Pistachios, Basil, and Pink Peppercorn Meringue​
TV Inspiration: Martha Stewart