| Jan 25, 2012
| 8:40 PM
In honor of our fallen samurai chef, a series of haikus for Chicago's most lovable molecular gastronomist:
Chris Jones of Moto
You're Padma's "Lovable Nerd"
Melding science, food
We've bonded with you
You're sodium alginate
We're calcium salt ...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 9:09 PM
We’ve reached the equivalent of Mile 22 in the Top Chef marathon. Vision gets blurry, the lactic acids are burning holes through our calves, and everything around you starts to feel ... weird.
We know the show’s taping schedule is...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 8:57 PM
For the first 11 episodes of Top Chef, Beverly Kim’s journey was a Greek tragedy. Castigated, chastised, verbally beaten down by fellow contestants, she was booted in an episode where no one deserved elimination.
In that Charlize Theron-starred...
| 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...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 9:21 PM
This was my favorite"Top Chef"episode this season. Void of manufactured rivalries or a clear-cut winner/loser, we witnessed the show at its most elemental and compelling: seven chefs cooking their hearts out, fulfilling the mission of the show’s...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 10:53 PM
Probability, you fickle law. Here we are to think more Chicago chefs competing means a greater chance a Chicagoan would be crowned Top Chef, and we forget its inverse, that Chicagoans also have a greater chance of being eliminated.
Four weeks ago, the...
| Aug 1, 2011
| 1:54 PM
When talking about food, as soon as you say “the best,” as in the best 10 barbecue spots or the best coffee in the land, prepare for a fight.
Which is what will surely happen withFood Network magazine’s list of the 50 best pizzas in the...
| Apr 25, 2011
| 11:30 AM
The timing was strange. After chef Jason McLeod won two Michelin stars at Ria last November, shocking the Chicago dining scene but mostly himself, McLeod unexpectedly left the restaurant three months later. The Elysian Hotel’s press release noted...
| Apr 16, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Day 16 of 30 sandwiches in 30 days.
The Cemitas Atomica
This Pueblan paean to the pig is glorious excess defined, three interpretations of pork in a sandwich requiring a snakelike unhinging of jaw to devour. Three slices of Krakus ham, a guajillo...
| Apr 13, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Day 13 of 30 sandwiches in 30 days.
The secret to Rick Bayless' extraordinary choriqueso isn't the house-made chorizo -- tangy, spiced crumbled pork, its chili-powder-dyed oil seeped into the bread's crevices. Nor is it the roasted...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 8:00 AM
Runnin' down the road may be the Road Runner's idea of fun, but the classic American summer vacation road trip, even when pointed toward a beloved destination, can get long, tiresome and boring. What helps? The food along the way.
We're talking here...