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Chicago's Best Celebrity Chefs Are Bringing Their Dishes To Wrigley Field

By Stephen Gossett in Food on May 25, 2017 5:20PM

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The Chicago Cubs might finally be turning the corner on the field, having inched above .500 and landed just a half-game back of first place in the division. The food at Wrigley Field is about to get decidedly less middling, too. The team announced a new rotating Chef Series, set batter-up starting early next month—and the lineup is a murderer's row of Chicago's culinary talent.

Rick Bayless, recently-crowned Iron Chef Stephanie Izard, Matthias Merges, Graham Elliot and Jeff Mauro will each serve up signature dishes for limited runs at select home games.

Here's the foodie batting order (end of baseball metaphors, we promise):
Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat, Little Goat Diner) - June 2 to 11
Matthias Merges (Yusho, Billy Sunday) - June 19 to 21, July 4 to 6 and July 7 to 9
Jeff Mauro (Pork & Mindy's) - July 21 to 25
Rick Bayless (Topolobampo, XOCO) - Aug. 1 to 6
Graham Elliot (his late, lamented eponymous spot; Grahamwich) - Aug. 14 to 20 and Aug. 28 to Sept. 3

Wrigley Field in general has aimed to step up its culinary game this year. Izard and Paul Kahan were among those who gave demos earlier this month at a food-and-booze mini-fest at the Park at Wrigley, you might recall.

"We've emphasized cultivating Wrigley Field's food culture this season, and want fans to leave a game feeling like they've truly experienced a taste of Chicago," David Burns, executive chef of hospitality group Levy at Wrigley Field, said in a release.

We don't know exactly what each celeb chef will be serving up, but it's guaranteed to be better than the usual ballpark fare. It'll be available at a pop-up near the right-field entrance at the Sheffield concourse on the dates above.

Your move, White Sox.