Paul Kahan has become the nationally recognizable face of Chicago chefs. Passionately seasonal, unconventionally creative and dedicated to the inspiration of classical cuisine, Kahan has received international acclaim for Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats and most recently Nico Osteria. Awarded Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2013 and Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004, Kahan has earned the praise of many who claim him to be one of America's most influential working chefs.
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James Beard Foundation - Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America (2014)
James Beard Foundation - Outstanding Chef Winner - Blackbird (2013)
James Beard Foundation - Outstanding Chef Nominee - Blackbird (2012, 2011, 2009, 2007)
James Beard Foundation - Best Chef Great Lakes Winner - Blackbird (2004)
James Beard Foundation - Best Chef Great Lakes Nominee - Blackbird (2003, 2002)