| Feb 26, 2015
New rotating chef restaurant Intro begins with California chef CJ Jacobson.
2300 N. Lincoln Park West 773-868-0002
Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start
For a lot of restaurants in Chicago, the first year in business looks a...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 7:00 PM
Thanks to the reality TV series "Top Chef," Tom Colicchio is one of the country's most recognizable chefs and restaurateurs. He's used his notoriety to bring attention to hunger in America, labeling genetically modified food and expanding free school...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 6:42 AM
This is it. After 14 episodes and what seems like a lifetime, we’re left with the two best chefs ready to duke it out for the title of "Top Chef."
With Gregory and Mei winning, respectively, the first QuickFire and Elimination Challenge, they have...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 7:22 AM
After surviving last week's elimination against Melissa, "Top Chef" finalist Mei uses one of the most overused phrases in reality show history: "S--t just got real." That’s what happens when you’ve been in front of a camera for a long period...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:57 AM
A three-part finale? Are you kidding me?
Looking back at past seasons, they’ve all lasted about 16 or 17 episodes. This season felt longer because it was Boston, where the frigid weather and overall snobbery make a month feel like a year....
| Jan 22, 2015
| 8:04 AM
Ever wondered why Boston is called “Bean Town”? Me neither. But since this is the last challenge in Boston, Padma will give us one last local history lesson.
Apparently back in the day, the locals used to bake beans in molasses, and it was...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 1:03 PM
You can now buy a line of frozen food by Padma Lakshmi at Costco. The "Top Chef" judge, model and author is selling Padma's Easy Exotic Spanish Paella at locations in the Los Angeles area.
Lakshmi's version of the Valencian rice dish is made with...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 7:24 AM
Just in case you were wondering, George Pagnois wants to remind everyone that he is both white and he likes girls. George does a roll call of everyone left: “We’ve got a little Asian (Mei), a lesbian Asian (Melissa), a gay black dude (Gregory)...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
UPDATE: Tickets are now on sale for Intro's first dinner series.
Rich Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has partnered with former L2O chef Matthew Kirkley to open Intro, a restaurant/school concept with ticketed dinners prepared by rotating...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 7:37 AM
Here’s a question: Why is it called “Restaurant Wars”? There are two restaurants and they battle it out only once. So if anything, it should be called "Restaurants War," right?
Then again, it doesn’t matter what it is called,...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 10:30 AM
The Producers Guild of America, a major bellwether for the best picture Oscar, announced on Monday the nominees for its Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award for motion pictures: “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,&...