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Grace is awarded three stars in the MICHELIN guide Chicago 2015!

Chef Curtis Duffy’s Grace has a unique contemporary style that embodies the creativity and the innovation which makes Chicago a unique culinary destination.
Guide Michelin Chicago 2015

CHICAGO, (Nov. 13, 2014) –Michelin today announced its highly regarded star selections for the fifth edition of the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2015.

In the new edition of the MICHELIN guide, a unique restaurant is making the leap from two to three stars: Grace, where the brilliant chef Curtis Duffy creates contemporary seasonal tasting menus that are both as modern and stylish as the setting in the West Loop. Grace joins Chicago’s perennial three-star restaurant, Alinea,which maintained its rank in the 2015 edition of the MICHELIN guide.                                                                                                                         

Curtis Duffy is undeniably one of the pillars of the Chicago culinary landscape, having worked with several of the city’s top chefs, and also having earned two MICHELIN stars as chef de cuisine at Avenues in the Peninsula hotel. His cuisine is elegant and refined, showing a mastery of technique and an extraordinary harmony in textures and flavors. Grace is a stunning example of the creativity and daring that characterizes fine dining in Chicago With the award of the third Michelin star, Curtis Duffy confirms his position as a member of the culinary elite in the USA” commented Michael ELLIS, International Director of the MICHELIN guides. This year has been particularly rich for the dining scene in America, “because with the addition of Grace, there are now three new restaurants that have been awarded three stars for 2015, Michelin’s highest honor. This clearly illustrates the remarkable  evolution of the American culinary scene, which year after year affirms its position as one of the most exciting and dynamic dining destinations in the world today”.

In the two-star category, the restaurant 42 Grams joins the selection being awarded two stars under the impressive stewardship of chef Jake Bickelhaupt,  whose experience includes stints at Alinea, Charlie Trotter’s and Schwa. Jake Bickelhaupt’s menu is rooted in strong technique but yet is creative, contemporary and experimental at times. With these restaurants, the 2015 MICHELIN guide Chicago now counts three two stars establishments, including L20 and Sixteen, who all maintained their standing from 2014.

This year’s edition also includes a total of 19 one-star restaurants, including Spiaggia, which closed in January and re-opened in May to reveal a thorough renovation in celebration of 30 years. The restaurant maintained its status with a revamped contemporary Italian menu from the newly-promoted chef Chris Marchino. One-star level of cooking is also confirmed at the The Lobby, where chef Seth Moliterno took over on March for outgoing chef Lee Wolen, and serves a concise and thoroughly modern menu with its seasonal and global accents. Boka also retains its one star for the 2014 through the chef change, as Chef Lee Wolen has taken over the kitchen.

The MICHELIN Chicago 2015, which listed a total of 302 restaurants, goes on sale Wednesday, November 12, at a price of $18.99. It comprised:

  • 2 restaurants 3 stars (of which 1 is new)
  • 3 restaurants 2 stars (of which 1 is new)
  • 19 restaurants 1 star
  • 59 restaurants Bib gourmand (of which 11 are new)

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