YOUR 2018 JudgeS

Chef Carrie Nahabedian 

Chef carrie owns both michelin-starred naha & brindiile in river north, and is greatly admired among Chicago chefs and diners alike. She is also winner of the James Beard award:
Best chef great lakes.  

Chef ryan mccaskey

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Chef Jean joho


Chef ryan was the chowdah fest winner ~  year 2. a mere month after opening acadia. 
he founded acadia, in the south loop,  which has garnered 2 michelin-stars for 3 years in a row. 
his chowdah hails from the islands off the coast of maine, and he's a blast to be around! 




Chef Jean Joho needs no introduction, he's been an admired chicago french chef, and owner of everest, for decades.  Born & raised in Alsace France. He has set the bar for the fine-dining experience in chicago. 


Chef John Hogan


Debbie Sharpe



John Hogan is Chef/owner of river roast in river north. Also well-loved in the chicago chef scene! He began his career at everest & kiki's bistro, and has helmed the kitchens of Savarin, and keefer's Steakhouse. Chef hogan can often be seen at local food events, doing demos with his 'partners in crime': Tony Mantuano, Jimmy Bannos & lin Brehmer of WXRT.



Debbie Sharpe is owner of Goddess & Grocer, Feast in wicker park, and catering company to the rock-stars, Goddess Rocks: Having cooked backstage for the likes of Pearl Jam, U2, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, at Lollapolooza, and many others!