The Making of a Chicago Master Chef And Chicago’s Food Evolution

Chefs Michael and Susan Maddox

Presented by Chef Michael Maddox
Former Chef/Partner Le Titi de Paris
Chef Instructor at College of DuPage

‘Joy of Michael’s Cooking,’ by Cynthia Clampitt

What shapes a master chef, especially a chef who has been a key ingredient in Chicago’s evolution into a world class culinary destination? Come join us as Chef Michael Maddox dishes on the many culinary influences in his life, from growing up in a farming community in Illinois, to collaborating with celebrated Chicago chefs like Jean Banchet, Didier Durand, Pierre Pollin and Michael Lachowicz — not to mention his stints working under esteemed chefs in France.

He’ll serve up a buffet of other subjects like the time he collaborated with Julia Child, contributing to her The Way to Cook cookbook; how he and his wife, Chef Susan Maddox, successfully operated the iconic Le Titi de Paris restaurant in Arlington Heights; and he’ll offer his perspective on how Chicago became a star on the nation’s culinary stage.

Chef Maddox spent his childhood in Princeville, Illinois, where he raised animals, field crops and vegetable gardens. Chef Maddox received his formal culinary training at Kendall College and The French Pastry School in Chicago and earned his Master of Education degree from Concordia University, Chicago. He is a full-time chef instructor of Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinology at College of DuPage. Among his many honors was being named a James Beard nominee for Best Chef of the Midwest (2009), and being recognized by both the Zagat Guide and Chicago Magazine as among the Top 50 Chefs in Chicago.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 7 p.m. via Zoom

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