On October 16, chefs Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat and Little Goat (Chef of the Year), Gale Gand of Spritz Burger (Pastry Chef of the Year), Michael Kornick of MK, Ada Street and DMK Burger Bar among others (Legendary Chef), and restaurateurs Phil Stefani of 437 Rush among others (Industry Leader) and Larry Levy of Levy Restaurants (Industry Legend) were inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame for 2014.
The celebratory event took place at Castle nightclub with over 25 restaurants and chefs in attendance offering food samples to the large crowd. Before the festivities started in full, I interviewed Izard, Gand, Stefani and Kornick, a previous guest chef on The Dinner Party. However, due to the crowds and music, we had to conduct the interviews on the first floor, through and behind the kitchen in the back dry storage area! A first for me...and them!
In short interviews with four of the five inductees (Levy was out of town and wasn't in attendance), we discussed how the Chicago culinary scene has developed over the years, where it is going and how it compares to other international cities around the globe, as well as advice for young chefs and a few regrets.
Enjoy this candid and off-the-cuff podcast below with four of Chicago's most influential chefs and restaurateurs highlighting the fact that we live in one of the most important and creative culinary cities in the world.