Ina Pinkney

Ina opened Ina’s Kitchen in 1991, and is now the chef/owner of INA’S, an American food restaurant serving breakfast and lunch the West Loop. She has done research and development for recipes for three issues of The World Book Encyclopedia, Quaker Oats and the Popcorn Institute. She’s appeared on the Food Network, has done interviews on programs in the U.S., Canada and Germany, and has had articles written about her in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Gourmet, and many other publications. She’s been nominated for a Golden Bowl award from the Women’s Chef and Restaurateurs organization, led local restaurateurs and chefs in supporting Chicago’s smoking ban, and co-founded the Green Chicago Restaurant Co-op, earning her the Green Award from Chicago magazine in 2011. Her most notable title, however, is polio survivor. She works with the Rotary and the Gates Foundation to help eradicate the disease across the globe.


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