Every year in our annual Tastemakers issue, we say that there’s never been as much creativity or energy in the local restaurant scene as there is right now – and every year it’s true. That’s because the volume of talent and innovation we see year after year only continues to grow and flourish. The Midwest is teeming with highly skilled and creative chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and hospitality professionals, and it’s our pleasure to share the following Tastemakers whose boundary-pushing work caught our attention this year.

Some of these men and women have just started making their mark on the industry; they are this year’s Rising Stars. In the coming years, you’re likely to see the same faces helming our region’s next crop of game-changing restaurants and bars.