| Jan 28, 2012
| 11:58 AM
The Jean Banchet Awards, the local Emmy's of the restaurant world, were announced in a lavish ceremony hosted by Steve Dolinsky and Alpana Singh at the Fairmont Hotel Friday night. The awards were part of the 15th annual Grand Chefs Gala. Chef Jimmy...
| 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...
| 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...
| Feb 18, 2011
| 9:33 PM
Who doesn't love a good celebrity sighting? Even better, when it's on home turf. Celebri-chefs Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot and restaurateur Joe Bastianich are reuniting for Season 2 of the Fox hit, "MasterChef," which plucks average, everyday cooks...
| Jun 7, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Do you hear that sucking sound? That's the white truffle oil market going down the drain. As Season 2 of "MasterChef" returned to Fox on Monday night, there was plenty of tension and drama and leg-pulling. There was also a......
| Aug 3, 2011
| 4:36 PM
That Chef Gordon Ramsay is such a tease! Please confess you were also on the edge of your couch this week, gleefully laughing at the the prospect of Christian, vile Christian, going -- hee hee -- HOME! But it was......
| Aug 10, 2011
| 4:36 PM
How can we go on without bug-eyed Ben, he of the crazy hats? He’s been working so hard on his confessional delivery, and it shows in recent episodes. Who will be there to help heighten the tension or add such......
| May 28, 2012
| 7:55 AM
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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...
| 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 10, 2012
| 7:07 AM
The first time I had steak tartare was at Maude's Liquor Bar.
Hardly a late bloomer when it comes to the wonder of raw beef and runny egg -- I was only 24.
But if it hadn't been for the drinks, the crushing crowd at the bar, the desperate rush for late...
| May 11, 2012
Recently shuttered spots Duchamp in Bucktown and In Fine Spirits in Andersonville are miles apart, but they had plenty in common: Both were well-loved for their patios, well-mixed cocktails and shareable, snackable fare. And this spring, both spaces...