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FILE - This Feb. 12, 2014 file photo shows chef Paul Kahan, left, speaking to kitchen staff at his restaurant Nico Osteria in Chicago. Kahan is one of the most award-winning chefs in America, but don’t go looking for him on television. In fact, the former computer scientist turned last year's James Beard Award winner for best chef shies away from the spotlight almost entirely. Instead, he chooses to focus on his family and the handful of Chicago restaurants he runs with his partners _ nationally known eateries like Blackbird, avec and The Publican. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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This Feb. 12, 2014, shows lunch cook Jarrod Storbeck with a finished dish of Kanpachi at chef Paul Kahan's restaurant Nico Osteria in Chicago. Kahan is executive chef and one of the owners of One Off Hospitality, working together with his partners _ including Donnie Madia, nominated for best restaurateur in this year’s Beard Awards _ to run seven restaurants in Chicago. He counts among his fans Anthony Bourdain and first lady Michelle Obama, and last year shared the Beard Award for best chef with New York’s David Chang, the man behind the Momofuko restaurants.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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This Feb. 12, 2014, shows the entry way to the upstairs dining rooms in chef Paul Kahan's restaurant Nico Osteria in Chicago. Kahan is executive chef and one of the owners of One Off Hospitality, working together with his partners _ including Donnie Madia, nominated for best restaurateur in this year’s Beard Awards _ to run seven restaurants in Chicago. He counts among his fans Anthony Bourdain and first lady Michelle Obama, and last year shared the Beard Award for best chef with New York’s David Chang, the man behind the Momofuko restaurants.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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This Feb. 12, 2014, shows a lounge area reflected in a mirror adjacent to the bar area in chef Paul Kahan's restaurant Nico Osteria in Chicago. Kahan is executive chef and one of the owners of One Off Hospitality, working together with his partners _ including Donnie Madia, nominated for best restaurateur in this year’s Beard Awards _ to run seven restaurants in Chicago. He counts among his fans Anthony Bourdain and first lady Michelle Obama, and last year shared the Beard Award for best chef with New York’s David Chang, the man behind the Momofuko restaurants. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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This Feb. 12, 2014, shows a table setting in an upstairs dining room in chef Paul Kahan's restaurant Nico Osteria in Chicago. Kahan is executive chef and one of the owners of One Off Hospitality, working together with his partners _ including Donnie Madia, nominated for best restaurateur in this year’s Beard Awards _ to run seven restaurants in Chicago. He counts among his fans Anthony Bourdain and first lady Michelle Obama, and last year shared the Beard Award for best chef with New York’s David Chang, the man behind the Momofuko restaurants.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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This Feb. 12, 2014, shows the the bar area looking down from the second floor in chef Paul Kahan's restaurant Nico Osteria in Chicago. Kahan is executive chef and one of the owners of One Off Hospitality, working together with his partners _ including Donnie Madia, nominated for best restaurateur in this year’s Beard Awards _ to run seven restaurants in Chicago. He counts among his fans Anthony Bourdain and first lady Michelle Obama, and last year shared the Beard Award for best chef with New York’s David Chang, the man behind the Momofuko restaurants.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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This Feb. 12, 2014, shows bartender Ryan Cameron polishing glasses for the atrium bar area in chef Paul Kahan's restaurant Nico Osteria in Chicago. Kahan is executive chef and one of the owners of One Off Hospitality, working together with his partners _ including Donnie Madia, nominated for best restaurateur in this year’s Beard Awards _ to run seven restaurants in Chicago. He counts among his fans Anthony Bourdain and first lady Michelle Obama, and last year shared the Beard Award for best chef with New York’s David Chang, the man behind the Momofuko restaurants. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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This Feb. 12, 2014, shows the first floor dining area in chef Paul Kahan's restaurant Nico Osteria in Chicago. Kahan is executive chef and one of the owners of One Off Hospitality, working together with his partners _ including Donnie Madia, nominated for best restaurateur in this year’s Beard Awards _ to run seven restaurants in Chicago. He counts among his fans Anthony Bourdain and first lady Michelle Obama, and last year shared the Beard Award for best chef with New York’s David Chang, the man behind the Momofuko restaurants.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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This Feb. 12, 2014, shows chef Paul Kahan at his restaurant Nico Osteria in Chicago. Kahan is one of the most award-winning chefs in America, but don’t go looking for him on television. In fact, the former computer scientist turned last year's James Beard Award winner for best chef shies away from the spotlight almost entirely. Instead, he chooses to focus on his family and the handful of Chicago restaurants he runs with his partners _ nationally known eateries like Blackbird, avec and The Publican. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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This Feb. 12, 2014, shows chef Paul Kahan, left, speaking to kitchen staff at his restaurant Nico Osteria in Chicago. Kahan is one of the most award-winning chefs in America, but don’t go looking for him on television. In fact, the former computer scientist turned last year's James Beard Award winner for best chef shies away from the spotlight almost entirely. Instead, he chooses to focus on his family and the handful of Chicago restaurants he runs with his partners _ nationally known eateries like Blackbird, avec and The Publican. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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This Feb. 12, 2014, shows chef Paul Kahan at his restaurant Nico Osteria in Chicago. Kahan is one of the most award-winning chefs in America, but don’t go looking for him on television. In fact, the former computer scientist turned last year's James Beard Award winner for best chef shies away from the spotlight almost entirely. Instead, he chooses to focus on his family and the handful of Chicago restaurants he runs with his partners _ nationally known eateries like Blackbird, avec and The Publican. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)