Jason Hammel, Chef / Owner
Jason Hammel, along with his wife Amalea Tshilds is the chef and owner of two Chicago restaurants, Lula Café in Logan Square and the recently opened Nightwood in the Pilsen neighborhood.
Known for their vibrant flavors and sustainable ingredients, the restaurants have been a magnet for both ‘foodies” and the Chicago cooking community. Jason and Amalea have forged strong relationships with dozens of Midwestern farmers and artisanal producers over the years, as their commitment to ‘local” intensified.
With almost no formal training, but an innate talent with letting Midwestern products shine, the husband and wife chef team have impressed both regional and national press. Jason and Amalea have been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, and were recently awarded StarsChefs.com’s Rising Stars award.
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Includes the full list of restaurants at this year's BBQ benefit.