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Andersonville’s Passerotto Brings In Another Big Culinary Award

With a long list of culinary awards racked up in just a short time since opening in early 2018, Jennifer Kim and her Korean-Italian influenced restaurant Passerotto  (5420 N. Clark) have been the darling of Chicago’s restaurant scene. Adding to its accomplishments, the Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence has awarded them the title of Best Neighbrhood Restaurant for 2020.

Kim, who is Korean-American, has been influenced greatly by Italy’s food scene and quickly learned that there is a wonderful connection between both country’s cuisine. However, she does not consider her fresh take on Korean cuisine as ‘fusion’ and it is definitely not ‘traditional’ either.

Passerotto has accomplished to win over the hearts and stomaches of a growing list of fans. Earning a prized Michelin Bib Gourmand award for 2020 and 2018 Chef of the Year award from the Chicago Eater, there has also been countless write-ups by magazines such as bon appetit and Chicago Magazine.

Kim is currently in South Korea looking for more great culinary inspiration through the end of the month. Seems as though new dishes could be hitting the menu soon.

The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence was developed in 2002 by the by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Pastry Chef Alicia Boada to create a platform to recognize the Chicago’s culinary achievements and honor the community of chefs, restaurants and sommeliers. It was named in honor of Chef Jean Banchet  (March 7, 1941—November 24, 2013) whose Wheeling restaurant Le Francais helped change Chicago’s food scene.


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