| Oct 31, 2013
| 4:58 PM
"MasterChef Junior" (Fox, Friday). This small-fry-ification of "MasterChef," hosted as in the grown-up version by Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot, ends its first season (of what I hope will be many) this week, with a semifinals-to-finals...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 1:21 PM
The Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame have announced their 2013 inductees: Paul Kahan, whose restaurants include Avec, Blackbird and The Publican; Rich Melman, founder of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises; and pastry chef Alain Roby, who owns...
| Aug 1, 2013
445 N. Clark St. 312-661-1434
Mexican cuisine king Rick Bayless presides over these sibling restaurants that share an entrance and bar; Topolo skews toward fine dining, while Frontera is more rustic and regional. For a taste...
| Sep 30, 2013
Interview with MasterChef Junior judge Graham Elliot. Twenty-four kids ages 8 to 13 demonstrate their culinary smarts and passion for food in the “junior” version of FOX’s successful foodie series MasterChef — in MasterChef...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 4:05 PM
It's fair to say that both Graham Elliot and his food are polarizing. The Chicago Tribune said Elliot had "another hit on his hands" after dining at his 6-month-old sandwich shop Grahamwich on opening day, while Time Out Chicago issued a scathing one-star...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 12:46 PM
Beginning with almost Dickensian roots, working in his parents Felice and Lidia’s Italian restaurant in Queens, washing dishes, cleaning the sidewalk, and touring the jungle-like meat markets of the Bronx, Joe Bastianich’s life charts a...
| Feb 24, 2011
Man, I wish I'd gotten this assignment two years ago.
The task of matching Oscar-nominated films to appropriate restaurants is challenge enough, but it's even harder these days, thanks to the Academy's esteem-building decision to expand the number of...
| May 28, 2012
| 7:55 AM
To purchase a copy of the book:
Cooking On The Line: from Food Lover to Professional Line Cook
Cooking On the Line...from Food Lover to Professional Line Cook, is a unique behind the scenes, ground level, cook's-eye-view of the...
| Apr 5, 2011
| 6:57 AM
Stephanie Izard was named one of the best new chefs in the country by Food & Wine magazine Tuesday. The annual list, comprising chefs who have run their restaurants for less than five years, tabbed the former "Top Chef'"winner along with a slew of other...
| Apr 22, 2011
| 8:37 AM
The Food Network's casting call for "Next Iron Chef" might have read like this:
"WANTED: One chef who – with help – can crank out five top-flight dishes within an hour under stressful conditions, surrounded by cameras and judged by a group of...
| Jun 6, 2011
What does it take to charm Chef Gordon Ramsay into giving you a white apron? A Scottish accent and the audacity to serve up some foul-tasting haggis.
That's how one of the contestants manages to land among the top 18 hopefuls when Season 2 of...