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  • Best Milwaukee Restaurants, 2013—2015

  • Diners' Choice Winner (Fit for Foodies, Italian, Neighborhood Gem, Best Service), 2013—2015

  • Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award, 2013

  • Reader's Choice Awards, 2012

  • Local Eats That Tempt & Treat, 2012

  • Dining Guide:  Where to Go and What to Expect, 2012

  • Diners' Choice List Winner, 2012

  • Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award, 2011

  • Reader's Choice, 2010

  • Top 50 Restaurants of America, 2009

  • Most Non-Profit Volunteering, 2009

  • Chef of the Year, 2009

  • 3.5 Stars, 2001

  • Chef to the Stars, 1995, 1996, 1997

  • California IL MITO received 4-star rating by California Food Writers Association, 1994, 1995

  • THE place that is not Spago, 1993, 1994

  • Best Chef of Year by California Food Writers Association (CFWA), 1993

  • California IL MITO named Best of LA by 1992

  • California's Best New Chef of the Year, 1991

Awards & Accolades

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  • Kohler Food & Wine Experience (National & Midwest stages)

  • The International Houseware Show (cooking demonstrations, 2010-13)

  • National Restaurant Association Show (cooking demonstrations)

  • Boelter Companies resident Chef, Cooking Class creator, Corporate Culinary Consultant (2012-13)

  • Nestle Foods Chocolate Fest (presenter, 2012)

  • Stillwater's Cancer Center (culinary director, chair and emcee)

  • Fagor USA Culinary Consultant (2010-13)

  • Wisconsin Wine and Dine, main stage presenter, 2010-12

  • Milwaukee's Hunger Task Force (donating culinary performances to help feedthe hungry at the Wisconsin State Fair and more)

  • Wisconsin Wine and Dine (culinary performer and celebrity judge)

  • Home Builders Expo (culinary presenter and design consultant)

  • Growing Power and Alice's Garden (sourcing food locally to help others get access to fresh, pure, healthy ingredients)

Appearances & Demonstrations