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  • Quiet time precious for globe-trotting chef, TV host

    Quiet time precious for globe-trotting chef, TV host
    To television viewers, Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods" is known as that guy who'll eat anything. And he'd like Americans to give it a shot too. "Open up and expand your horizons, people!" said the James Beard Award-winning chef and author. "I am...
  • Would-be Next patrons wait in online purgatory

    Would-be Next patrons wait in online purgatory
    Last Wednesday, the night Grant Achatz's Next opened on Fulton Market, a man who lives in the neighborhood came in as the last table was being served. He casually asked for dinner, said Nick Kokonas, Achatz's business partner, who found himself explaining...
  • Alinea named No. 6 restaurant in the world

    Alinea named No. 6 restaurant in the world
    Best in Chicago. Best in North America. Closing in on best in the world. Grant Achatz is rapidly running out of titles to secure. Alinea was named the No. 6 restaurant in the world by London-based Restaurant magazine in its annual ranking of the top...
  • Phil Vettel reviews Next

    Phil Vettel reviews Next
    I visited Next looking for greatness, and I found it. Next, the sequel restaurant from Grant Achatz of Alinea, is all of 19 days old, but it hums with the grace and confidence of a veteran. Which isn't completely surprising; Achatz, partner Nick Kokonas,...
  • How RJ Grunts (and other Chicago restaurants) got its name

    How RJ Grunts (and other Chicago restaurants) got its name
    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...
  • Lawrence Letrero named chef at Tribute restaurant

    Tribute, the contemporary American restaurant aiming for a June opening in the South Loop (800 S. Michigan Ave.), already has made a chef change. Lawrence Letrero, a Kendall College culinary grad who has logged time at Karyn's On Green and Perennial,...
  • From Avenues to Grace: Curtis Duffy's new West Loop restaurant is "all about grace"

    From Avenues to Grace: Curtis Duffy's new West Loop restaurant is "all about grace"
    In January 2010, chef Curtis Duffy took a one-month sabbatical from Avenues to creatively recharge. He set a goal for himself: conceptualize one dish for every day that month (one he came up with was called “The Life Cycle of Fennel”). He...
  • City health inspections tough even for toniest of restaurants

    City health inspections tough even for toniest of restaurants
    Close watchers of Chicago's food scene may have been surprised to learn that Alinea — one of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city and the world — failed its routine health inspection a month ago. But what may seem like a big...
  • Joel McHale brings his 'friends' to Just For Laughs

    Joel McHale brings his 'friends' to Just For Laughs
    Joel McHale's Friday show at the TBS Just For Laughs comedy festival is titled "Joel McHale & Friends and Acquaintances," but I'm not sure how accurate that is. "Some aren't even acquaintances," the "Community" star said Friday, laughing as he tried to...
  • Curtis Duffy to leave Avenues, open own restaurant in West Loop

    Curtis Duffy to leave Avenues, open own restaurant in West Loop
    “I want to have the best restaurant in the country. I want to obtain that third Michelin star.” If it isn’t clear chef Curtis Duffy wants to be uttered in the same breath as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and his former boss Grant...
  • The food world on a map

    The food world on a map
    It’s a long way from Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck outside London, to Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., at least in miles, even via plane. But it’s not far at all if you travel conceptually, via lines of food...