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Paul Virant

Paul Virant

Keynote Speaker: Executive Chef and Owner of Vie, Author & Canning Expert

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Paul Virant Biography

Since opening Vie, his flagship restaurant in Western Springs, Illinois, in 2004, Chef Paul Virant has risen to nationwide acclaim for his contemporary Midwestern cuisine that emphasizes canned and preserved ingredients. His philosophy of local, seasonal eating stems from techniques he learned on his family’s farm in Missouri.

In 2012, Virant released The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-Doux, the first canning manual and cookbook authored by a critically acclaimed chef that creatively combines the technical aspects of canning with a chef’s expertise on flavor.

Virant opened Vistro in Hinsdale, Illinois, in 2014. Vistro focuses on approachable, seasonal food and drinks, and serves as a staple in the community for friends and families. Virant is the former partner and executive chef of Boka Restaurant Group’s Perennial Virant (2011 to 2016) in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Most recently, in 2017, Virant launched Jar Sessions, a locally produced, small-batch line of pickled and preserved products, collaborating with Midwest farmers to create the Jar Sessions collection of farm-to-fork products.

Virant’s accolades include 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2011 finalist nominations for the James Beard Foundation Award’s Best Chef: Great Lakes; 2007 Best New Chef by Food & Wine; 2007 Jean Banchet Award for Culinary Excellence as Top Celebrity Chef; and 2005 Best New Chef by Chicago magazine. He also has competed on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Vie earned a Michelin star in 2011.

Virant graduated with a degree in nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College and then attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Following culinary school, he joined March in New York, where he further refined his skills under the tutelage of chefs Wayne Nish and Hilary Gregg. Two years later, he moved to Chicago and worked at some of the nation’s most famed restaurants, including Charlie Trotter’s, Ambria, Everest and Blackbird.

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Paul Virant Videos

Chef BBQ @ Home: Paul Virant demos marinated Japanese ...
Paul Virant on Vimeo
Paul Virant - James Beard Awards, 2015 on Vimeo

How to book Paul Virant?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Paul Virant for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Paul Virant, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Paul Virant or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Paul Virant?

Booking fees for Paul Virant, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Paul Virant, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Paul Virant?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Paul Virant for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Paul Virant for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Paul Virant or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Paul Virant or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Paul Virant is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Celebrity Chef, Food & Beverage and Lifestyle. The estimated speaking fee range to book Paul Virant for virtual events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for live event fees. Paul Virant generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Art Smith, Sean Sherman and Mary Nolan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Paul Virant for an upcoming event.

Paul Virant Videos

Chef BBQ @ Home: Paul Virant demos marinated Japanese ...
Paul Virant on Vimeo
Paul Virant - James Beard Awards, 2015 on Vimeo
Canning with Paul Virant of Vie, Part 1 on Vimeo

Paul Virant Reviews

  • Everything went splendidly on our end. Chef Virant was a pleasure to work with, personable and flexible.
    Notre Dame Campus Dining - Jun 16 2017

Paul Virant News

How to book Paul Virant?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Paul Virant for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Paul Virant, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Paul Virant or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Paul Virant?

Booking fees for Paul Virant, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Paul Virant, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Paul Virant?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Paul Virant for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Paul Virant for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Paul Virant or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Paul Virant or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Paul Virant is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Celebrity Chef, Food & Beverage and Lifestyle. The estimated speaking fee range to book Paul Virant for virtual events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for live event fees. Paul Virant generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Art Smith, Sean Sherman and Mary Nolan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Paul Virant for an upcoming event.

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