Board & Committee

Honorary Chairman

Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State

Co-Founder, Chairman Emeritus

The Late John Castro

Co-Founder, President Emeritus

John Kaufmann, CFE, CEC, AAC, HOF, HGT

Board of Directors

President, Event Chair
Kyle Richardson, CFE, CEC, CHE, AAC

Thomas Ryan

President, The Chicago Chefs
Donald Zajac

Vice President, The Chicago Chefs
Mary Gorski

Secretary, Chef Selection Committee Chair
Cary Miller HAAC, Food Industry News

Donation Chair
Kate Newton, North Shore CC

Chef Hans Aeschbacher

Public Relations

Director of Public Relations
Julia Shell, Julia Shell Public Relations

Promoting and Celebrating Chicago as a Culinary Mecca

Fostering Education, Awareness, and Growth to our Industry