Curtis Duffy, Avenues
Technically, Duffy has been at the helm since mid-2008, but his brand of naturalistic, organic-looking (his plates look like dioramas of forest scenes), restrained molecular gastronomy didn’t really hit its laser-sharp groove until this year. Duffy’s food is the perfect introduction for the Blackbird or Chez Panisse disciple who wants to dip a toe in the contemporary food movement.
108 East Superior
Elaina Vazquez of Boutique Bites Catering, boutiquebites.com
Best of Chicago 2009