Chicago Chef Contest - Start The Betting

Start the betting, folks

Chefs from five Chicago restaurants will vie for the title of “Top Chef Master” in the new season of the Bravo cooking-contest TV show, beginning April 7. Chef Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill in River North won the first round. Can our city keep the title?

What do you think? Give us your prediction of how the season will go and we'll give you a prize if you get it right.

Among the 22 chefs competing are: •Graham Elliot Bowles of Graham Elliot in River North. •David Burke of David Burke’s Prime House in River North. •Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia on the Magnificent Mile. •Marcus Samuelsson of C-House in Streeterville. •Rick Tramonto of Tru in Streeterville.Take the survey

Chicago Chef Contest


Yeah, we know that Burke and Samuelson aren’t full-time local chefs, but if they win, we’ll be glad to claim them. Check out the competion.

Before April 7, post a comment here predicting which of these five chefs will win or come closest to winning and why.

We’ll offer a prize to whoever gets it right. (If more than one reader predicts the last Chicago chef standing, we’ll judge based how eloquent and close the entries are.)The grand prize: Pick the order in which the Chicago Chef finish and you can host a segment of Dining Chicago on TV with me at one of Chicago’s most famous restaurants, along with dinner. For others who come closest, there will be gift certificates from these fine Chicago restaurants: •$150, Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, River North. •$100, Cafe des Architectes, French, Gold Coast. ••$100, Sepia, global, West Loop. ••$100, Angelina’s Ristorante, Italian, Lakeview. ••$100, Pazzo’s, Italian, Loop. ••$75, Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, Italian steakhouse, River North, or other Stefani Signature Restaurant. ••$100, Bice, Italian, Streeterville. ••$100, Devon Seafood Grill, River North. ••$50, Zapatista, Mexican, South Loop.