And the Nominees for the Jean Banchet Awards Are…

Curtis Duffy will be back this year...
Curtis Duffy will be back this year… Photo: courtesy of Facebook

We have to admit that we are still having a hard time looking at any list and not pointing out some kind of controversy. We blame Michelin. After last week’s marathon, where everyone was on edge about what these Frenchmen would say about our city’s dining scene, how you can blame us? But the Jean Banchet Awards are a Chicago-based awards presentation and it’s all for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation charity. The event is taking place on Friday, January 28, 2011 at The Fairmont Chicago. You can buy tickets here. They just released the nominees, and about all that we can see is the complete absence of Longman & Eagle. Come on! They just got a Michelin star. Oh…wait…see, how do we stop this? Check out the full list below.

2010 Nominees [Grand Chef’s Gala]

2010 Nominees

And the Nominees are…

Celebrity Chef
Curtis Duffy, Avenues
Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot
Stephanie Izard, The Girl & the Goat
Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia

Celebrity Pastry Chef
Patrick Fahy, Blackbird
Stephanie Prida, Ria
Toni Roberts, C-House
Mindy Segal, Hot Chocolate

Rising Chef
Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig
Jonathan Beatty, Davanti Enoteca
Jason McLeod, Ria
Chris Pandel, The Bristol

Rising Pastry Chef
Todd Feitl, Prasino
Meg Galus, Café des Architectes
Amanda Rockman, The Bristol
Leticia Zenteno, Ceres’ Table

Chef de Cuisine
Brian Enyart, Topolobampo
Koren Grieveson, Avec
Ryan LaRoche, NoMI
David Posey, Blackbird

Best Sommelier
Steven W. Alexander, Spiaggia
Chad Ellegood, Tru
Rachael Lowe, Sixteen
Dan Pilkey, Ria

Best Neighborhood Restaurant
Kith & Kin, Andrew Brochu
Nightwood, Jason Hammel
Prairie Grass Café, Sarah Stegner & George Bumbaris
Sprout, Dale Levitski

Best Fine Dining
Alinea, Grant Achatz
Avenues, Curtis Duffy
Ria, Jason McLeod
Sixteen, Frank Brunacci

Best Catering Company
Berghoff Catering
Levy Restaurants
Limelight Catering
Tasty Catering
And the Nominees for the Jean Banchet Awards Are…