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We couldn’t be more excited about the fact that Paul Kahan, the super chef behind Chicago’s Blackbird, Avec and Publican has agreed to host the VIP Pro Bacon Cookoff at The Publican on October 24 from Noon – Three.  The Publican is the leader of the new wave of pork-focused gastro-pub / fine dining destinations to crop up in the last year and Kahan is one of Baconfest’s personal heros.

We’ll be coming out with more detail soon, but in the meantime, take it from us, the VIP Pro Cookoff is going to be a blast, with up to a dozen of Chicago’s brightest chefs competing for the attention of our panel of bacon judges and the glory of a Golden Rasher for the best use of bacon by a professional.


Paul Kahan

Thanks to Paul Kahan for agreeing to host and to Ellen Malloy, the fierce genius behind the Restaurant Intelligence Agency for her role in brokering this partnership!

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    1. LB Jarvis Jones, 6-3, 241, Georgia

    Why he has the top spot: Jones’ battle with an ankle injury hasn’t changed his status as the top overall draft prospect in the SEC. He missed his second full game due to the

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    Season stats (five games): 36 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 9.5 TFLs, 3 forced fumbles, 15 QB hurries, INT.

    Player ranking: Jones remains fifth overall, and he is the second-highest outside linebacker in’s latest player rankings.

    Up next: The Bulldogs’ next game is against Florida. Jones returned to practice on Monday and is expected to play. Georgia will need him against a Florida team that averages 213

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    2. QB Tyler Wilson, 6-3, 220, Arkansas

    Why he has the second spot: After a slow start for Wilson and the Razorbacks, the senior QB has turned it around in the last few weeks before having a bye last weekend. He’ll

    have a chance to solidify his status as a first-round pick with games against Mississippi State, LSU and South Carolina still on the schedule.

    Season stats (six games): 124 of 205 (60.5 percent) for 1,957 yards, 14 TDs, 5 INTs.

    Player ranking: Wilson is ranked as the No. 12 overall prospect and is the third-highest ranked QB in’s latest player rankings.

    Up next: The Razorbacks play Ole Miss this weekend. The Rebels are ranked No. 65 nationally in scoring defense, so Wilson should have a chance to put some good numbers up.

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