>> From left: Grant Achatz, Sarah Stegner, Charlie Trotter, Rick Bayless, Carrie Nahabedian, Paul Kahan

Photograph by Andreas Larsson
Location: Prairie Production Rental Studios BarStools: Courtesy of Design Within Reach Styling: Brittney Blair Hair and Makeup: Susie Lee/Ford

Chicago’s claim to world-class dining status is no longer a claim; it’s a fact. Here you’ll meet 50 of the chefs responsible. You’ll learn their secrets and gripes, their best creations and biggest failures. You’ll sit at a roundtable discussion with six of the city’s best, go undercover with one of our colleagues at Alinea, and sink your teeth into our favorite dishes in this dispatch from the world of fire and knives.