Grant Achatz


Grant Achatz

Age: 39

Occupation: Chef-owner, Alinea, Aviary, Next

The frenzy over his various groundbreaking local projects has subsided, but 2014 could witness the next explosion: The city’s best-known chef hopes to open another restaurant here this year, and he has two cookbooks in the works. Most tantalizing, Achatz and business partner Nick Kokonas are scouting real estate in Singapore for the second outpost of the Aviary—the duo’s first foray outside of Chicago.

Photo: Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune