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Feb 6, 2015

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“Channel Your Inner Chef” winner will attend HMSHost-sponsored James Beard Foundation Awards in Chicago; Winning recipe to be featured on O’Hare menu

CHICAGO — Global restaurateur HMSHost, proud sponsor of the 2015 James Beard Awards in Chicago, is celebrating culinary innovation with Channel Your Inner Chef, the first-of-its-kind recipe contest open to employees and travelers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. You don’t have to be crafting tortas at O’Hare’s Tortas Frontera, grilling paninis at La Tapenade, or serving sushi at Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi to have a flair for flavor.

Channel Your Inner Chef contest entry is easy. Contestants are asked to shoot a five-minute video of themselves preparing their favorite original recipe while showing off their personal style. A panel of culinary experts will select three to five finalists to compete in a cook-off to be performed in front of a live audience and panel of judges at O’Hare International Airport.

“Chicago is a major restaurant hub teeming with culinary talent, and what better way to celebrate our James Beard Awards sponsorship and dedication to culinary innovation than with the Channel Your Inner Chef event,” said HMSHost Vice President of Marketing Atousa Ghoreichi. “We hope Channel Your Inner Chef will help us identify the culinary stars of tomorrow.”

The contest winner will receive two VIP admissions to the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala on May 4, 2015 at Lyric Opera of Chicago, of which HMSHost is a sponsor. The winning dish will be featured on the menu of an HMSHost-operated restaurant at O’Hare. Entries will be accepted between February 5, 2015 and February 28, 2015. Full details of Channel Your Inner Chef, including rules and regulations can be found at

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates locations all over North America, and is part of Autogrill Group, the world's leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. Visit for more information.