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  • Why the Next review differs

    Why the Next review differs
    Next is, without doubt, a unique restaurant. And it requires, for better and for worse, a unique approach to review. Because Next changes its concept every 13 weeks or so (exception: the El Bulli menu, which launched in February, continues through May...
  • 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...
  • Island gives chef the tools he needs

    Island gives chef the tools he needs
    LUMMI ISLAND, Wash. — The cooks are assigned homework. Once a week, sometimes more, The Willows Inn chef Blaine Wetzel sends his five cooks to forage in the wild. One might be tasked with elderflowers and crab apple blossoms, his job to pluck 30...
  • Downstate plates

    Downstate plates
    No longer is Chicago just "the best place to eat between New York and San Francisco," but now it is endorsed by outsiders as one of the finest dining cities in the world. The Michelin Guide's entry into Chicago last November, plus Alinea's No. 6 ranking...
  • From Paris to sizzling Bangkok

    From Paris to sizzling Bangkok
    Next, the shape-shifting restaurant by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas (the principals at world-famous Alinea), dazzled diners with its inaugural "Paris 1906" menu. For an encore, the kitchen went about as far afield as possible. To Bangkok, in fact. "We...
  • Avenues to close indefinitely after chef Curtis Duffy leaves Saturday

    Avenues to close indefinitely after chef Curtis Duffy leaves Saturday
    Chef Curtis Duffy will cook his final service at Avenues Saturday, and after that, the two-Michelin star flagship restaurant of The Peninsula Hotel will close indefinitely. Avenues will be searching for a new chef de cuisine in the interim. According...
  • Chicago's top chefs hold garage sale, bake-sale benefit

    Garage sales with mismatched glassware and old power tools are pretty common. The garage sale scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Michelin-starred NAHA restaurant will be anything but common. Dubbed the Culinary Garage Sale & Bake Sale, bargain...
  • Chicago nabs two five-star hotels, three restaurants from Forbes Travel Guide

    Chicago nabs two five-star hotels, three restaurants from Forbes Travel Guide
    Two Chicago hotels and three restaurants have been awarded the top five-star designation in the annual Forbes Travel Guide ratings. The honored hotels were the Four Seasons and The Peninsula, and the restaurants were Alinea, Charlie Trotter's and L2O....
  • Review: Grace

    Review: Grace
    Review: Grace 652 W. Randolph St. 312-234-9494 Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up Some chefs spend their careers working in the upper echelon of fine-dining restaurants, only to throw their hands up and open a burger joint. Curtis Duffy is not one of...
  • Charlie Trotter preaches excellence to the extreme

    Charlie Trotter preaches excellence to the extreme
    Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat. "He...