Baconfest 2016 Chef Roster Announced

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 2:03pm

Baconfest, that brilliant festival dedicated to one of the most beloved foods known to humankind, is returning to the UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt. On April 30th and May 1st bacon lovers will get (more than) their fill with over 150 restaurants sharing their ode to meat candy. It's hard not to pig out when you've got that many options!

VIP tickets, which include dinner, are available now for $200/person and $100 general admission tickets go on sale on February 22 at noon central. Set your clock for that date and time because this event has been known to sell out quickly. Because bacon.

Baconfest 2016 Chef Roster

  • 312 CHICAGO – Luca Corazzina
  • 676 RESTAURANT AND BAR – Anthony Herve (* 2012 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • 694 WINE & SPIRITS – Chris Dunstatter
  • AMAZING EDIBLES CATERING – Alexi Mandolini
  • ARA-ON RESTAURANT – Trevor Hoyte
  • ATWOOD – Brian Millman (* 6 year BFC VET)
  • AUTRE MONDE CAFE & SPIRITS – Andrew Kerns
  • BACARO – Drew Starkey
  • BACON HILL KITCHEN + PUB – Zachary Lucchese
  • BAKIN’ & EGGS – Bob and Gina Hartwig
  • BALLARO – Mark Newman
  • BANG BANG PIE SHOP – Patrick Cloud (* 2014 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • BANG CHOP – Matt Riordan
  • BARN & COMPANY – Gary Wiviott
  • BITE CAFE – Todd Decker
  • BLACK DOG GELATO – Jessica Oloroso
  • BourBonQue – Kevin Whittier
  • BREAKROOM BREWERY – Matt Brems
  • BRIDGE HOUSE TAVERN – Mark Hemmer
  • BURGER BAR CHICAGO – John McLean
  • BUSY BURGER – Joe Devito
  • CANTINA LAREDO – Hector Rivera
  • CARNITAS URUAPAN – Marcos Carbajal
  • CARNIVALE – Rodolfo Cuadros
  • CEMITAS PUEBLA – Antonio Anteliz
  • CHICAGO q – Ian Thompson
  • COMMUNITY TAVERN – Joey Beato
  • Creative CONEcepts – Turon Cummings
  • DAVANTI ENOTECA – Daniel Harris
  • DAVID BURKE’S PRIMEHOUSE – Amanda Warren (* 8 year BFC VET)
  • E+O FOOD AND DRINK – Rodelio Aglibot
  • EDZO’S BURGER SHOP – Eddie Lakin
  • EL MARIACHI TEQUILA BAR & GRILL – Eduardo Hermenegildo
  • FARMHOUSE – Eric Mansavage (* 2014 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • FIRECAKES – Jonathan Fox
  • FIREFLY GRILL – Niall D. Campbell II
  • FLO AND SANTOS – Mark Rimkus
  • FLO CAFE & BAR – Leonard Sanchez
  • FLORIOLE – Sandra Holl and Emily Spurlin
  • FORK – Timothy Cottini
  • FREESTYLE FOOD + DRINK – Javier Mora and Geordan Stenson
  • FRONTIER – Brian Jupiter
  • GAYLE’S BEST EVER GRILLED CHEESE – Gayle Voss
  • GINGERSNAP SWEETS & SUCH – Jen Templeton
  • GLAZED AND INFUSED – Chris White
  • GUILDHALL RESTAURANT – Marcos Ascencio
  • HASH HOUSE A GO GO – Brad Gold
  • HEARTH RESTAURANT – John “Woody” Linton
  • HOMESTEAD – Rob Shaner
  • HONEY BUTTER FRIED CHICKEN – Joshua Kulp & Christine Cikowski (* 2015 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • HOWELLS & HOOD – Brett Neubauer
  • HUBBARD INN – Matt Wilde
  • IMPERIAL LA MIAN – Christianna Klangides
  • INSPIRATION KITCHENS – Greg Darrah
  • ITALIAN VILLAGE RESTAURANTS – Jose Torres
  • JAKE MELNICK’S CORNER TAP – Nick Santangelo
  • JELLYFISH – Hector Marcial
  • JORDAN’S FOOD OF DISTINCTION – Jordan Spritz
  • KAISER TIGER – Pat Berger
  • KITTY O’SHEA’S – Mario Garcia
  • KNIFE & TINE – Paul Caravelli (* 2015 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • KNIFE – Tim Cottini
  • KUMA’S CORNER – Dan Grynevich
  • LABRIOLA CAFE & RISTORANTE – Fred Ramos
  • LE BOUCHON & LA SARDINE – Oliver Poilevey & Scott Jambrosek
  • LINKS TAPROOM – Grover Betts
  • LOCKWOOD RESTAURANT at the Palmer House – Mathew Wiltzius (* 2013 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • LOKaL – Artur Wnorowski
  • LOVELY: A Bake Shop – Bob Hartwig
  • MADDY’S DUMPLING HOUSE – Chrissy Camba
  • MARION STREET MARKET – Bret Bohning
  • MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE – Anthony Bernal
  • MAY ST. CAFE – Mario Santiago
  • MERCAT A LA PLANXA – Evan Behmer
  • MEXIQUE – Carlos Gaytan
  • MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAKHOUSE – Craig Couper
  • MISS RICKY’S – Rick Gresh
  • MITY NICE BAR & GRILL – John Chiakulas (* 2014 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • MONTI’S – James Gottwald
  • MORE – Patty Rothman
  • MOXEE RESTAURANT – Rob Stromm
  • NaanSense – Hiran Patel & Sahil Singh
  • NANA – Jeremy Kiens
  • NONNA SANTI’S BISCOTTI – Jo-Marie Frigo
  • OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE – Paul Katz
  • OLD TOWN SOCIAL – Blake Saavedra
  • OSTERIA LA MADIA – Jonathan Fox
  • OSTERIA LANGHE – Cameron Grant (* 2015 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • PADDY LONG’S – Patrick Berger & Chris Latchford (* 7 year BFC VETS)
  • PARAMOUNT ROOM – Stephen Dunne
  • PECKISH PIG – Debbie Evans
  • PERENNIAL VIRANT – Paul Virant & Ed Sura
  • PI GALLERY BAR – Alyssa Torres
  • PIECE – Bill Jacobs & Charlie Springer
  • PINSTRIPES – Cesar Gutierrez
  • PIZZA BARRA – Chris Macchia
  • PLEASANT HOUSE BAKERY – Art and Chelsea Jackson
  • PLUSH HORSE ICE CREAM SHOPPE (TINLEY PARK) – Mary Ellen Rydberg
  • PORK & MINDY’S – Jeff Mauro
  • PORKCHOP – Kenneth Robinson
  • PROSECCO – Mark Sparacino
  • PUBLIC HOUSE – Jeremy Tannehill
  • RED BUTTER – Monica Sehgal Sharma (* 2012 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • RED DOOR – Troy Graves (* 8 year BFC VET, 2009 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • REVOLUCION STEAKHOUSE – Alberto Mendez
  • REVOLUTION BREWING – Charlie Eure
  • RIVER VALLEY FARMER’S TABLE – Jordan Rose
  • ROCKIT BAR & GRILL/ROCKIT BURGER BAR – Amanda Downing
  • RURAL SOCIETY at Lowes Chicago Hotel – Cory Morris
  • SALERO – Ashlee Aubin
  • SEEDLING FRUIT – Peter Klein
  • SHEEKAR DELIGHTS – Diane Khouri Joseph
  • SIGNATURE ROOM – Cardel Reid (* 8 year BFC vet restaurant, 2010 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • SLURPING TURTLE – Takashi Yagihashi (* 2015 Award for Most Creative Use of Bacon)
  • SMYLIE BROTHERS BREWING CO. – Grant Carey
  • SPACCA NAPOLI – Jonathan Goldsmith
  • SPARROW COFFEE – Chris Chacko
  • STAN’S DONUTS – Rich Labriola
  • STANLEY’S KITCHEN AND TAP
  • STOUT BARREL HOUSE & GALLEY – Michael Matthews
  • SUNDA – Jess De Guzman
  • TABLE, DONKEY & STICK – Scott Manley
  • TACO IN A BAG – Alice Chiu
  • TACO JOINT – Edgar Torres
  • TÊTE CHARCUTERIE – Thomas Rice & Kurt Guzowski
  • THE ASHBURN at Lowes Chicago O’Hare Hotel – Brian Wolters
  • THE BAD APPLE – Craig Fass (* 2015 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • THE BRIXTON – Alex (Jethro) Gialanella
  • THE CHOP SHOP – Nick Moretti
  • THE COTTON DUCK – Dominic Zumpano
  • THE DAWSON – Shaun King
  • THE DEARBORN – Aaron Cuschieri
  • THE DUCK INN – Kevin Hickey
  • THE MONKEY’S PAW – Rahjan Shabazz
  • THE RADLER – Nathan Sears (* 8 year BFC VET, 2011 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • THREE ACES – Matt Troost (* 2012 & 2013 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • TOZI KOREAN BBQ RESTAURANT – Derek B
  • TRAVELLE – Tim Graham
  • TROQUET RIVER NORTH – Tim Davidson
  • UNCLE BUB’S BBQ – Kyle VerVynck
  • UNITE URBAN GRILL – Rob Schlitt
  • UNTITLED SUPPER CLUB – Bryan Collante
  • VANILLE PATISSERIE – Stacy Waldrop
  • VIE – Brian Motyka (* 8 year BFC VET Restaurant, 2015 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • VINCENT – Adam Grandt
  • WEST TOWN BAKERY & DINER – Chris Teixeira
  • WHISK – Ricardo Rodriguez
  • WOLLENSKY’S GRILL – Victor Newgren
  • WOODHAVEN BAR & KITCHEN – Zachary Prince
  • WOW BAO
  • WYLER ROAD – Forster Sorensen
  • ZED451 – Andrea Williams – (* 2012 Golden Rasher Award Winner)
  • ZOOM PIZZA FACTORY – Paul Guerrero
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