February 20-24, 2019 Miami Beach
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Hammel

Chef Jason Hammel is the chef and owner of Lula Café in Chicago’s historic Logan Square and of Marisol at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Opened in 1999, Lula is known as a harbinger of the local foods movement and– through its hyper-seasonal menus– an expression of restless, artistic change. The restaurant established itself as a beloved neighborhood gathering place and a favorite hangout of Chicago’s chef community. Lula was then featured on NPR’s “This American Life,” in The New York Times and in the Chicago press, where it consistently ranked highly among its... READ MORE

Chef Jason Hammel is the chef and owner of Lula Café in Chicago’s historic Logan Square and of Marisol at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Opened in 1999, Lula is known as a harbinger of the local foods movement and– through its hyper-seasonal menus– an expression of restless, artistic change. The restaurant established itself as a beloved neighborhood gathering place and a favorite hangout of Chicago’s chef community. Lula was then featured on NPR’s “This American Life,” in The New York Times and in the Chicago press, where it consistently ranked highly among its peers. It was named #3 of Chicago magazine’s “Best Restaurants” and has been awarded the prestigious Bib Gourmand honor by the Michelin Guide 2010-2017. Hammel was also a James Beard semi finalist in 2018, named a StarChefs Rising Star, and awarded the Jean Banchet Award. Marisol at the Museum of Contempoary Art opened in 2017 and was one of Bon Appetit magazine’s “Hot 50” and Chicago Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants” of the year.
Chef Hammel is also a founding member of Pilot Light, a not-for-profit, chef-centered organization that is writing a food-based curriculum for Chicago Public Schools. Through his work in education and in the kitchens at Lula and Marisol, Chef Hammel seeks to bring community, creativity, nourishment, and purpose back to the table.

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