PHOTOS: Chicago Gourmet Preview

Chicago-area chefs, along with Mayor Daley, gathered to announce the third annual Chicago Gourmet, a culinary showcase held in Millenium Park on September 25 and 26. Buy tickets at ChicagoGourmet.org.

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Frank Brunacci of Trump Tower's Sixteen and two students from Kendall College prepare watermelon gazpacho with cucumber and a hint of basil at the preview to the third Chicago Gourmet at the Cultural Center
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Chefs mingle before the main event.
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Rodelio Algibot of Sunda prepares his salmon sashimi
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47 Chefs attended, including Rick Bayless (far left)
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House duck sausage on a french flute with fried giardiniera and duck vinaigrette prepared by Chef Dirk Flanigan of The Gage on Michigan Avenue.
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Poached Maine lobster with applewood smoked bacon, heirloom tomatoes, and micro greens prepared by Chef Ryan Pitts of RL on East Chicago Avenue
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The chefs toast to this year's Chicago Gourmet. One-day tickets can be purchased for $150, $250 for passes. The proceeds from the auction go towards scholarships for culinary students.
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A free ticket to the event on September 25 and 26 can be earned by dining at 5 Dine-Around restaurants.
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Mayor Daley tries some white wine courtesy of Terlato Wines
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Scottish salmon sashimi with "tataki" field lettuces, pickled red onions and tomato-miso vinaigrette prepared by Chef Rodelio Agilbot of Sunda on West Illinois Street
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Rick Bayless, Mary Barranco, Barbara Fairchild, and Mayor Daley listen to the President of the Illinois Restaurant Association Sheila O'Grady.
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Rick Bayless, host of PBS's Mexico: One Plate at a Time poses with the Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appetit Barbara Fairchild.
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Rick Bayless won the first season of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters"
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Chefs and guests enjoy the bubbly
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Bridget Albert of Beam Global Spirits and Wine displays a Whiskey Slam
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Dick Bayless highlights last year's celebration, saying a demonstration every half hour resulted in 75 demonstrations in one weekend.
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Reginald Thomas of Washburne Culinary Institute and Steve of Kendall College pose before the event starts.
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