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Kahan, Roby and Melman honored by Chefs Hall of Fame

Richard Melman

Richard Melman

Congratulations to Chicago chefs Paul Kahan and Alain Roby and restaurateur Richard Melman! The three culinary greats will be this year’s inductees into the Chicago Culinary Museum Chefs’ Hall of Fame.

Kahan is the executive chef and co-owner of avec, Blackbird and three other Chicago restaurants. Guinness Award-winning pastry chef Roby owns All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva. Melman, honored as an industry leader, is the founder and chairman of Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, which owns dozens of Chicago-area restaurants and over 90 eateries nationwide.

Alain Roby

Alain Roby

Formal induction ceremonies will take place Oct. 17 at Castle Chicago in River North at a gala fundraiser for the Chicago Culinary Museum. Honors will also be given to legendary Chicago chefs Hans Aeschbacher, Jean Banchet, founder of the erstwhile Le Francais, and the late Louis Szathmary of the The Bakery.

An open bar, food stations from top local restaurants, silent auction and a raffle will feature along with the awards presentation. Discounted tickets at $95 may be purchased through Aug. 31. The price goes up to $125 Sept. 1, and $149 at the door.

The Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame were founded in 2006 by Chef John Kaufmann and the late John Castro, in conjunction with the Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Association, to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Chicago chefs and others in its food industry, as well as to promote and celebrate Chicago as a culinary destination. The fundraiser is toward their goal to establish a physical museum.

Previous inductees include Charlie Trotter in 2006, Jimmy Bannos in 2007, Rick Bayless in 2008, Carrie Nahabedian in 2009, Art Smith in 2010, Priscilla Satkoff in 2011, and Graham Elliot and chef Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer in 2012.