It turns out that Chicago's top culinarians had a lot more to surprise them this year than all the weight they've helped you gain
Charlie McKenna, Chef/Owner, Lillie's Q "Regular Chicagoans really embracing authentic flavors at Asian restaurants -- not the American-ized crap a lot of places dish out. Andy’s Thai Kitchen, Tony Hu’s spots -- they’re doing it right. And people are responding.
Michael Kornick, Chef/Owner, MK "The donut craze, the increase in steakhouse traffic, and Koren Grieveson's departure from Avec.
Mike and Pat Sheerin, Chef/Owners, Trenchermen "The biggest surprise for 2012 was actually getting Trenchermen open. Along with the amount of young chefs opening places this year.
Tony Mantuano, Chef/Owner, Spiaggia "That there were only 18 Michelin stars in Chicago for 2012.