Once an aspiring rock star in New York, Andrew Zimmerman is now a rock star of the Chicago culinary scene as the executive chef of Sepia, a premier restaurant in the West Loop. Andrewâ€™s style can be best described as New American Cuisine, assimilating flavors from all cultures. His raw instincts, attention to detail and high ratings earned him a James Beard nomination for best chef in 2015, as well as a spot on Iron Chef America, where he fought and won the cream cheese battle further proving his top-notch pedigree.
Kiki Luthringshausen is a reformed interior designer of 15 years who fell into her dream job in 2010 as an Epicurean Entertainer. Prior to her big career change, Kiki was a lifestyle expert and writer for local publications and a contributor for live news segments for local affiliates ABC, NBC, WGN and CBS. She is now the official ambassador of Marianoâ€™s and can be seen hosting culinary events around town. As a freelance food and lifestyle writer, sheâ€™s also the author behind the popular food blog Beauty and Her Feast. Entrenched in the food industry, Kiki frequents the cityâ€™s hottest restaurants while clinking glasses with the most sought after chefs. Itâ€™s why sheâ€™s the perfect host for Marianoâ€™s Tastemaker series.