Avenues chef Curtis Duffy, the Bristol in Bucktown and the House that Paul Kahan Built (Blackbird, Avec, etc.) nabbed the spotlight at the Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence, held Friday night.
Duffy won in the "Celebrity Chef" category, beating out Stephanie Izard, Graham Elliot and Tony Mantuano, the elder statesman of the group, while Chris Pandel and Amanda Rockman, both of the Bristol, took the Rising Chef and Rising Pastry Chef titles, respectively.
Koren Grieveson of Avec was named Best Chef de Cuisine, and Blackbird's Patrick Fahy won the Celebrity Pastry Chef title.
Alinea was tops in the Fine Dining category.
Fellow chefs vote on the winners.