James Beard Award Winner and Celebrity Chef Jimmy Bannos, Jr. To Serve as Sodexo’s Culinary Ambassador at Northwestern University
October 25, 2017
Bannos will make guest appearances, create signature dishes and more
CHICAGO, October 25, 2017 – Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, in partnership with Northwestern University Dining, today announced that one of Chicago’s own celebrity chefs and owner of The Purple Pig, Jimmy Bannos, Jr., will serve as Northwestern Dining’s new culinary ambassador for the upcoming school year. Working alongside Northwestern Dining’s Executive Chef Chris Studtmann and his 13 chefs, Chef Bannos brings an exceptionally creative and exciting lens to the student dining experience.
Additionally, as a Sodexo culinary ambassador, Chef Bannos is creating signature dishes for the University’s menu and will work with Sodexo chefs to develop a catering guide complete with recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktail receptions using locally-sourced ingredients. He is also providing support to Northwestern’s Campus Kitchens Project, a student-run program that recovers food from the dining halls and distributes to local area food shelters.
Chef Bannos’ initial items include Chicken Thigh Kebobs with Fried Smashed Potatoes and Tzatziki, which is one of Chef Bannos’ signature items, and a Couscous Salad. His extra virgin olive oil will be available for purchase at the various convenience stores across campus.
“We’re excited about our new partnership with Chef Bannos,” says Kay Martin, Senior Vice President, Sodexo. “He’s one of the hottest chefs in the Chicago area, and we look forward to having a taste of his award-winning cooking at Northwestern.”
“Chicago is one of the world’s most engaging food cities. I am thrilled to bring a bit of the city’s flavor to Northwestern University,” says Chef Bannos. “I applaud Northwestern Dining for featuring local cuisine choices on campus, and I look forward to working with the students during my visits.”
Jimmy Bannos, Jr. is a fourth-generation restaurateur. He was mentored by his father Jimmy Bannos, chef and owner of the renowned Heaven on Seven restaurant in Chicago. Bannos, Jr. was recognized by the prestigious James Beard Foundation in 2014 as a Rising Star Chef and his restaurant, The Purple Pig, which opened in 2009, has received numerous awards including being named one of 2010’s “10 Best New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appétit magazine and was a Chicago Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand recipient in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
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