When searching for a chef to be the face of Chicago food, by curating the city’s very first edition of Taste Talks, the first name on everyone’s lips was Paul Kahan. After all, not only is the James Beard Award winner behind many of the Windy City’s best restaurants, including Blackbird, Publican, Big Star and avec, but he’s often referred to as a “chef’s chef,” not only respected and admired, but genuinely well-liked by his peers.
We chatted with Kahan about what he loves most about the Chicago’s dining scene, what his role as curator actually entails, and the events he’s especially looking forward to at this year’s Taste Talks!
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Taste Talks Food & Drink hits Chicago October 3-5, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.