Board & Committee

Honorary Chairman

Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State


The Late John Castro

Board of Directors

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

Vice President, Director of Publications
Carmella Anello

Joe Aiello CEC, AAC

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

Donation Chair
Kate Newton, North Shore CC

Chef Hans Aeschbacher

Chairman and Co-Founder
John Kaufmann, CFE, CEC, AAC, HOF, HGT

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