Tabletop Awards

Tabletop Performance Awards are given based on independent restaurants, on-site foodservice, and banquet and catering segments based on overall appearance, the tabletop’s ability to support the menu, the overall concept, and how conducive the concept is to the operation’s style of service.

2015 Tabletop Awards: Meet Our Judges

Marco Conte

1502judge3Chef Conte, executive chef and partner for Café Amano in Elmhurst, Ill., was taught by his grandmother at a very early age and worked in his family’s restaurants prior to graduating from the Schoolcraft College Culinary Arts Program in Michigan. Chef Conte’s background also includes operating banquet halls and DiRoNA, an award-winning restaurant. He opened his first restaurant, an upscale Italian concept, at the age of 25 in Farmington, Mich. In 2004, Chef Conte sold his restaurant and moved to the Chicago area to bring his unique style of cooking to Café Amano.