More than 140 chefs displayed their latest bacon innovations. In each Baconfest session, judges handed out Golden Rasher Awards, the top distinctions of the contest. There was also an award given in the “most creative” category and for the first time, the “people’s choice” award.
On April 6, the winner for most creative was Heritage Restaurant & Caviar who showed off the bacon roasted sunchoke and cottage cheese pelmeni. The dish also included bacon dashi, butternut squash kimchi and bacon dough.
Baconfest Chicago is a nationally known event and one of the largest in the nation. In addition to hosting a food drive and raffle at the event, Baconfest donated a portion of proceeds from ticket sales to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Since 2009, Baconfest’s support has resulted in donations of more than $400,000 to Chicago’s food bank, which translates into more than 1.3 million meals for hungry people in the area.