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CHICAGO – February 26, 2013 – Executive Chef Thomas Lents of Chicago’s Sixteen restaurant is pleased to announce a Five-Star rating from the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide 2013. The dining destination has become widely known for Chef Lents’ progressive American cuisine, superlative service, and its views of Chicago’s architectural gems. Located on the 16th Floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, Sixteen was recognized alongside the luxury property, which also received Five-Stars for its exceptional service and world-class amenities. Trump Chicago is the only hotel in the Midwest to boast Five-Star ratings for both its hotel and restaurant and there are only three restaurants in Chicago carrying a Five-Star rating.

Having most recently served as Chef de Cuisine for Joel Robuchon, Executive Chef Thomas Lents took Sixteen’s helm in February 2012, introducing a new generation of luxury dining. Whether featuring langoustines from New Zealand and Scotland or specialty fish from the coasts of Brittany, he spares no effort in accessing the best artisanal products. His dinner menus change dramatically four times per year, each a narrative of the season and the ingredients that flourish within. From redesigning the menu, to changing his serving pieces, and even reimagining the guest dialogue, Chef Lents explores every avenue.

One can appreciate his thoughtful and often whimsical storytelling over four courses, an eight-course tasting, or Chef Lents’ 16-course “journey.” Complementing his cuisine is a robust wine program showcasing hundreds of unique varietals and desserts by Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy.

“We are thrilled to be awarded Five-Stars,” said Chef Lents. “Our whole team has worked with so much passion and commitment over the past year to evolve our interpretation of fine dining, and this is a testament to their efforts. I am grateful to the talented culinary and service team members for their dedication to our work, and share this honor with them.”

Sixteen’s Five-Star rating by Forbes Travel Guides joins a list of recent distinctions earned by the restaurant, including a Michelin star rating for Sixteen in November 2012 and four-star reviews from dining critics at both Chicago magazine and the Chicago Tribune. In addition, Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy was very recently named a 2013 semifinalist in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category by the James Beard Foundation Awards.

Forbes Travel Guide, the creator of the original Five-Star ratings system and the leading travel authority since 1958, utilizes a team of professional incognito inspectors and editors to travel the globe in search of the world's best hotels, restaurants and spas. Inspectors visit each hotel, restaurant and spa, anonymously testing every aspect of a property's experience to determine a rating.

For reservations and more information, please call (312) 588-8030.

About Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago

Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, located in the heart of the city at 401 N. Wabash Avenue, welcomed its first hotel guests in January 2008. The hotel, comprising floors 14-27 of a 92-story residential tower developed by the Trump Organization, features 339 luxuriously appointed guestrooms including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites; Sixteen, the Michelin-rated restaurant featuring the progressive American cuisine of Executive Chef Thomas Lents; The Spa at Trump® with 53 specially appointed spa guest rooms; the Trump Health Club; Rebar, a chic cocktail lounge; The Terrace at Trump and more. Designed by the noted architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with interiors by McGinley Design, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is a stunning addition to Chicago’s distinguished skyline. The hotel and restaurant were each awarded five stars by the esteemed Forbes Travel Guide in 2013. The property has also been recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the top 5 hotels for business travelers in the "World's Best Awards" 2012 and named one of the “World’s Best Hotels” for 2013. For room and event reservations at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, call (312) 588-8000, (877) 458-TRUMP (7867).  Click here to follow the hotel on Twitter. Click here to find the property on Facebook.

About Sixteen

Located on the 16th Floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, Sixteen was designed by Ivanka Trump and Chicago-based architects Valerio Dewalt Train Associates. Featuring world-class, progressive American cuisine from Executive Chef Thomas Lents and Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy, Sixteen has received a five star designation from the Forbes Travel Guide, four-star ratings from Chicago magazine and the Chicago Tribune and a coveted star from the 2013 Michelin Guide. Sixteen serves breakfast daily from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is available Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is available daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Bar at Sixteen, as well as the adjoining Bridges Room, open daily at 11 a.m. and serve a casual bistro menu from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations, please call (312) 588-8030 and visit Sixteen on Facebook:


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About Forbes Travel Guide and

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide and originator of the prestigious Five Star ratings and certifications, has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. The information gathered from the inspectors’ visits can be found along with content by curated hospitality experts, tastemakers, Forbes Travel Guide editors and correspondents at, online home of Forbes Travel Guide.


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