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Festival Dates: Feb 20-23, 2014

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Tony Mantuano


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Author & Chef/Partner of Spiaggia, Cafe Spiaggia, Terzo Piano, Bar Toma, Lorenzo

Most often recognized as one of the Champions on season two, of Bravos' "Top Chef Masters” Chef Tony Mantuano is also internationally regarded as an influential culinary force, Chef Tony Mantuano is the chef/partner at Spiaggia, the only four-star Italian restaurant in Chicago. Awarded the 2005 James Beard Foundation Award for "Best Chef: Midwest,” Mantuano worked in several Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy before opening Spiaggia in 1984 to critical acclaim, and has since gone on to win The Chicago Tribune's highest culinary prize, "The Good Eating Award” and named a Food & Wine "Best New Chef” in 1986. His other ventures include: Mangia Trattoria in his hometown of Kenosha, Wisc.; chef/partner at Chicago's Bar Toma and Terzo Piano at the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago and at Lorenzo at The Redbury Hotel South Beach (opening Fall 2013). Mantuano is a cookbook author, television personality, and has been covered in the media in outlets such as, Nightline, The TODAY Show, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator and Bon Appétit, among others. Chef Mantuano and Spiaggia held their one Michelin star in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Chicago guide. Under Chef Mantuano's leadership his restaurants continue to mark the culinary map, highlighting unique and "first seen” in the U.S. Italian products and producers.

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