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Curtis Duffy

Grace - Chicago, IL

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Grace, a Michelin awarded restaurant is owned by Chef Curtis Duffy whose culinary mastery has maintained Michelin’s highest three-star rating for the past three consecutive years (2015-2017). Duffy's style reflects his personal taste and drawing upon his wealth of experience. His micro-seasonal cuisine is best described as "thoughtfully progressive" – thoughtful as he puts tremendous time, focus, research and thought into what he creates, and progressive as he utilizes modern techniques to coax the best out of the ingredients. Each dish is an expression of his personality – progressive but grounded – and puts ingredients at the forefront. He continues to source the highest-quality ingredients, allowing flavor to trump technique.

Duffy has earned numerous accolades, including Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond, and 2016 James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef, Great Lakes” Award. While Duffy continues his culinary evolution, he sits on the advisory board of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts with a $25,000 scholarship in his name. He continues his charitable efforts by volunteering with Grand Chefs Gala, a fundraiser benefiting the Greater Illinois Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where he is Chef Chair of the gala, and hosted several dinners at Grace to further the foundation.

Duffy’s culinary and philanthropy ethos inducted him into the prestigious Disciples d’Escoffier International, where he will continue to encompass that shared ethos as a Disciple. In 2015, former Chicago Tribune dining reporter/filmmaker Kevin Pang and filmmaker Mark Helenowski debuted, “For Grace,” a documentary chronicling Duffy’s build of Grace and how his turbulent past shaped the person he is today. He currently resides on the north side of Chicago with his two young daughters.