Best of 2012: Best chef (NWI)

2012-05-20T00:00:00Z Best of 2012: Best chef (NWI) nwitimes.com
May 20, 2012 12:00 am

Nicole Bissonnette

Bistro 157

157 Lincolnway

Valparaiso, Ind.

219.462.0992

bistro157.net

"The day a chef ceases to evolve is the day the apron should be turned in" is how renowned chef Nicole Bissonnette describes her journey to culinary success thus far. Through her dynamic creations at Bistro 157 and Venue in Valparaiso and Bartlett's Gourmet Grill in Beverly Shores, Bissonnette says she remains true to her cooking craft. "I believe in using the freshest ingredients available and using produce in its prime season," she explains. "I see my food as "contemporary comfort food" and try to keep flavors simple and light. I avoid combining too many flavors at once. Fusion is one thing, but "con-fusion" is the worst!"

SECOND PLACE

Patrick Sholz

Lucrezia Restuarant

302 S Main St

Crown Point, Ind.

219.661.LUCY

lucreziacafe.com

THIRD PLACE

Randy Berg

Ciao Bella

1514 US 41

Schererville, Ind.

219.322.6800

ciaobellaonline.com

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