In honor of their publication’s 40th anniversary, the snuggleable writers over at TOC have ID’d 40 Chicagoans as “Cultural Heroes.” Among the enricheners of societal fabric are four food names: Top Chef Stephanie Izard, LEYE wine maven Alpana Singh, and restaurateurs Charlie Trotter (of the eponymous restaurant) and Grant Achatz (of Alinea).
All four mediagenic individuals are nationally-recognized figures who, yes, make the Second City look first-class. Also the photo of Grant Achatz makes us sort of have a giant crush on him. He looks flat-out hot. It is enough to help us get over our deep personal offense at being (mistakenly, of course) left off the list.
[Photo by Chris Strong, via TOC]