Featured Chefs of The Community Table

2016 Chef de Cuisine Cory Morris

Renowned for his Latin-inspired approach to cooking, Chef de Cuisine Cory Morris of Rural Society has brought an Argentine twist to Chicago’s steakhouse scene inspired by the parrilla grills widely used in South American cuisine. 

Winner of Food Network's popular program Chopped, Chef Morris continues to bring a Latin influence to these dishes and create an authentic Argentine dining experience with unexpected dishes that fuse local culinary influences with the highest quality of ingredients.

2015 Chef Paul Virant

After opening Michelin-starred Vie in Western Springs, IL, Chef Paul Virant rose to nationwide acclaim for contemporary Midwestern cuisine that emphasizes innovative canned and preserved ingredients. 

Chef Virant is also executive chef of Perennial Virant and the J. Parker rooftop lounge and bar, both located at Hotel Lincoln in Chicago and Vistro in Hinsdale, IL. In 2012, Virant released The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-Doux, offering the first canning manual and cookbook authored by a Michelin-starred chef that creatively combines the technical aspects of canning with a chef’s expertise on flavor.

2014 Chef Zoë Schor

Zoë Schor of Ada Street in Chicago came to the Community Table in 2014 after working for some of the world’s most renowned chefs.

At 29, she spent most of her culinary career in Los Angeles, most recently as the Executive Chef of The Darkroom on Melrose. Before heading the kitchen at The Darkroom, Schor’s experience includes positions as Chef de Partie at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, Executive Sous Chef at Todd English’s Beso and on the line at Tom Colicchio’s Craft, which was her first job after attending the National Gourmet Institute in New York City.

2013 chef Stephanie Izard

Stephanie Izard, Executive Chef of the Girl & the Goat restaurant and the Little Goat diner, prepared an exquisite five-course dinner for our guests at the inaugural Community Table event in 2013.

Stephanie has won some of the most respected accolades and has been praised by many high-profile publications. She is a Food & Wine Best New Chef, and recently won the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef - Great Lakes Region. She won Season four of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” and her first book, Girl in the Kitchen, was released in the fall of 2011.