A new three star restaurant for Chicago in the Michelin Guide Chicago 2015

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Editor 11th November 2014
Grace has been promoted to three star status in this year’s Chicago Michelin guide. It means it becomes just one of two restaurants in the Chicago food scene to hold this prestigious accolade. CurtisDuffy_300The brilliant chef Curtis Duffy creates contemporary seasonal tasting menus at Grace that are both as modern and stylish as the setting in the West Loop. Grace joins Chicago's perennial three-star restaurant, Alinea, which maintained its rank in the 2015 edition of the Michelin Guide. "Curtis Duffy is undeniably one of the pillars of the Chicago culinary landscape, having worked with several of the city's top chefs, and also having earned two Michelin stars as chef de cuisine at Avenues in the Peninsula hotel. His cuisine is elegant and refined, showing a mastery of technique and an extraordinary harmony in textures and flavors. Grace is a stunning example of the creativity and daring that characterizes fine dining in Chicago. With the award of the third Michelin star, Curtis Duffy confirms his position as a member of the culinary elite in the country," said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide. "This year has been particularly rich for the dining scene in the U.S. With the addition of Grace, there are now three new restaurants that have been awarded three stars for 2015, Michelin's highest honor. This clearly illustrates the remarkable evolution of the American culinary scene, which year after year affirms its position as one of the most exciting and dynamic dining destinations in the world today," Michael added. grace-kitchen-AnthonyTahlier In the two-star category, the restaurant 42 Grams received two stars under the impressive stewardship of chef Jake Bickelhaupt, whose experience includes stints at Alinea, Charlie Trotter's and Schwa. Jake Bickelhaupt's menu is rooted in strong technique that is also creative, contemporary and experimental at times. With these restaurants, the Michelin Guide Chicago 2015 now counts three two-star establishments, including L20 and Sixteen, who all maintained their standing from 2014. This year's edition also includes a total of 19 one-star restaurants, including Spiaggia, which closed in January and re-opened in May to reveal a thorough renovation in celebration of 30 years. The restaurant maintained its status with a revamped contemporary Italian menu from the newly-promoted chef Chris Marchino. The one-star level of cooking also remains at the The Lobby, where chef Seth Moliterno took over this March for outgoing chef Lee Wolen, who became the chef at one-star Boka, which also retains its same star status for 2015. Michelin Guide Chicago Creative               The full list: Three Stars: Alinea Grace (upgraded) Two Stars: 42 grams (new) L2O Sixteen One Star: Acadia Blackbird Boka EL Ideas Elizabeth Everest Goosefoot The Lobby Longman & Eagle Moto NAHA North Pond Schwa Senza Sepia Spiagga Takashi Topolobampo Tru

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The  Staff Canteen

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Editor 11th November 2014

A new three star restaurant for Chicago in the Michelin Guide Chicago 2015