Jason Hammel, of Chicago’s legendary Lula Café, will be honored as our 2019 Good Food Chef of the Year at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Chefs at Play stage.

Hammel will be honored with the Good Food Chef of the Year award and will do a demo on Friday, March 22 at the Networking Reception, which will cap that day’s Good Food Trade Show (ticket required).  Hammel is a farm-to-table pioneer at Lula Café, celebrating its 20thanniversary, and his newest hit, Marisol at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Chef demos at the Good Food Festival — the big public celebration of Good Food held this year on Saturday, March 23 — also are among the EXPO’s most popular programming. Hitting the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Chefs at Play Stage will be Joe Flamm of Spiaggia, fresh off his win in Bravo TV’s Top Chef: Season 15; past Jean Banchet Award winner Sandra Holl of Floriole bakery/restaurant, who will present with Purple Asparagus, which brings lessons about food to Chicago schoolchildren; plus several other local favorites.