| Jun 27, 2014
| 12:49 PM
Through his restaurants — the French Laundry and Ad Hoc in Napa Valley, Per Se in New York and Bouchons in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas and Yountville, Calif. — Thomas Keller has given a start to some of today's brightest young chefs. Here are...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Review: Laughing Bird
4514 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-506-2473
Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start
Have you ever wished you could eat at a place called the Tina Turner Tavern? If things go well for chef Chrissy Camba at new Lincoln Square restaurant...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 9:47 AM
"Kid President: Declaration of Awesome" (Hub Network, Saturdays). Young Internet phenom Robby Novak, now 10, is the star of this whole-family-friendly half-hour series, expanded from the short online "pep talks" -- at once mock-inspirational and...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Ashton Kutcher has put the word out that he is interested in finding a buyer for his Hollywood Hills home, quietly shopping it at $12 million.
The modern-style, three-story home built in 2007 has views of the Hollywood Reservoir and the Hollywood sign....
| Jun 12, 2014
| 6:45 AM
After three years in which TV movies and miniseries were lumped together in one ungainly category, the television academy believes there's enough programming to again warrant a separation. (The acting awards remain combo affairs, however.) Were they...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 7:00 AM
The thing about reality TV is that it isn't scripted — truly, it isn't. So when a situation gets a little out of control, it's up to the show's host to handle it, smooth things over, figure out a way to make good TV out of a problem.
| Jun 10, 2014
| 5:42 PM
We all have reality TV shows that we love, that we program into the DVR to make sure we don't miss a single moment of. And we have the ones that, to our minds, are meh. So, what's the key to the ones that seem to hit the mark?
The Envelope invited...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 3:00 PM
"The Amazing Race" has been on the air for 24 seasons. "Top Chef" finished its 11th season earlier this year. For reality TV shows both new and long-lasting (they never get "old"), staying fresh is a key element to survival.
The Envelope invited four...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 9:16 PM
This has not been a season of surprises on"Top Chef,"but a slow build traveling a pre-determined course that leads to next week’s season finale.
And so it was Paul Qui, the chef whose destiny was sealed, and Sarah Grueneberg, with workmanlike...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 5:53 AM
For the past 15 weeks, I’ve been given this platform to write about "Top Chef" each Wednesday night. I receive emails afterward from viewers who agree and disagree with my assessment, often with boiling passion and excessive usage of exclamation...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 10:03 PM
Do you buy into the idea of karma? I don’t. I’ll tell you what I do believe: Television works best when packages come delivered tied up with perfect bows.
Because on Wednesday's "Top Chef" installment, as soon as Beverly Kim (Aria) said,...