| Mar 22, 2011
| 1:15 PM
Mindy Segal and Bruce Sherman are hoping five’s a charm.
Rich Melman is hoping it’s seven.
All three have been nominated — again — for James Beard Foundation Awards, which annually recognize the best chefs, restaurants and...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 8:33 AM
Before bread-making machines invaded home kitchens, James Beard and Bernard Clayton, Jr. led cooks in the early '70s to the joy of baking breads the traditional way. Both embraced the bread-baking process, never shunning the enthusiastic kneading of bread...
| Mar 24, 2011
| 4:47 PM
Oh. So. Close.
Antonia Lofaso thought she had made it through to the finale of Top Chef's all-star season last week when Tiffany Derry was sent home. This, she thought, was going to make up for exiting at the last possible minute in season four.
| Apr 6, 2011
| 7:44 AM
Last night, the ticketing system for Next, Grant Achatz's highly anticipated new era-themed fine dining restaurant, was still experiencing glitches, despite promises that today -- er, yesterday -- was the day.
"We are burning the midnight oil here trying...
| May 25, 2011
| 8:41 AM
What leaked out two weeks ago on Eater.com is finally being confirmed: Star chef/restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten will head up the new and improved Pump Room when that fabled restaurant reopens in the fall.
Although it might not be called the...
| Apr 18, 2011
| 8:00 AM
We may be living in the golden age of food television. Twenty years ago, you had to wait for Julia Child and a few others every week on PBS. Today, it's such a hot commodity that ABC is canceling soap operas and replacing them with a foodie version of...
| May 31, 2011
| 12:44 PM
Patrick Fahy, the James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef at Blackbird and Avec, will be leaving his post next month.
Fahy wasn’t ready to divulge his future plans, but he said he hopes to stay in Chicago restaurants or hotels. Fahy said he would...
| May 9, 2011
| 1:03 PM
Like many a devoted cook, we have shelves that are crowded with cookbooks with little space for more. But the annual list of best food books of the year, as chosen by the James Beard Foundation, leaves us thinking we could squeeze in just a few more....
| May 9, 2011
| 6:26 PM
The 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards, those Oscars of the food world, were handed out in New York Monday evening, and a perennial nominee took home a well-deserved prize: Richard Melman, head honcho of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises received the...
| May 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
What’s in a name? For recent James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Rich Melman, it began 40 years ago with an involuntary emission of sound, which led to his restaurant empire. Here's the story of how RJ Grunts and other notable restaurants...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 2:37 PM
Pastry chef Patrick Fahy announced last week that he would be leaving Blackbird and Avec after two years on the job. Now we know where he’ll be heading next: The Sofitel.
Fahy will be joining the Gold Coast hotel in early July as executive pastry...