Paul Kahan

Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star
Chicago, IL

Best Accomplishment: Being in love with my wife for 26 years
Proudest Moment: When the chef of Avec (Koren Grieveson) won the James Beard Best Chef Great Lakes award in 2010
Cooking Philosophy: Seasonal, unique and creative

Best Farmers Market: Green City Market - Chicago, IL
Best Kitchen Tool: Kuhn Rikon Vegetable Peeler
Best Home Cooked Meal: Roast chicken
Best Dinner Party Menu: Fresh summer menu with everything cooked outside
Best Cheese: Any sheep's milk cheese from France

Best Restaurant, Period: Vetri - Philadelphia, PA
Best Breakfast/Brunch: Publican - Chicago, IL
Best Pizza: Great Lake - Chicago, IL
Best Cheap Eat: Sogongdong Tofu House - Chicago, IL
Best Ethnic: Sogongdong Tofu House - Chicago, IL
Best Sushi: Katsu Japanese Restaurant

Best Beer: Schlenkerla in Bamberg (Bavaria, Germany)
Best Coffee/Tea: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Best Cocktail: Big Star Hud (Elmer T. Lee Bourbon and tangerine juice)

Best Song: Double Nickels on the Dime album by Minutemen
Best Movie: The Deer Hunter

Chef photo courtesy of SPAGIO.

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