| Aug 25, 2011
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.
| Apr 5, 2012
| 3:39 PM
Get into a conversation with Moto/iNG chef/owner Homaro Cantu, and in a tone that's both buoyant and matter-of-fact, he'll drop such nuggets as:
"With a little more tweaking, we could make orange juice in the orange without any packaging or...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 11:00 AM
At the time of our interview, "Chopped" judge Alex Guarnaschelli and her co-star Geoffrey Zakarian were both still in the running on Food Network's uber-chef cook-off, "The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs." Despite my earnest predictions that one or the other...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 12:18 PM
Early in 2009, a group of theater artists in Melbourne, Australia, reached a fork in their creative road. On the other side was an extraordinary outdoor theatrical event taking place right now in Chicago, titled "en route." But let me start back Down...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 3:21 PM
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 two weeks ago, continues through...
| Sep 20, 2011
| 7:54 AM
Rick Bayless is adding another leaf to his already formidable repertoire of celebrity chef, researcher, author, TV host and all-around culinary entrepreneur focused on the cuisine of Mexico.
Next spring, Bayless will be the live-and-in-person star of a...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 10:59 AM
**1/2 (out of four)
Despite the title of Gereon Wetzel’s documentary “El Bulli: Cooking in Progress,” there is, in fact, no cooking in progress at El Bulli. The avant-garde restaurant in the coastal town of Roses, Spain closed several...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 3:00 AM
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.
| Mar 15, 2012
| 2:52 PM
Most Chicago actors do not bring their own Bunsen burners to the rehearsal room. But then, Rick Bayless — the creator of the phenomenally popular Chicago restaurants Topolobampo and Frontera Grill and a chef who embraced celebrity long before it...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 1:39 PM
Chef Richard Rosendale and his dream team of mentors -- including Chicago-based Alinea/Next chef Grant Achatz, Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Per Se) and Daniel Boulud (Daniel) -- traveled to Lyon, France, with the goal of Team USA winning its first-...
| Apr 13, 2013
| 7:58 PM
Last month, the manager of the Beverly Hills restaurant Red Medicine shamed diners who didn't turn up for their Saturday night reservations by calling them out on Twitter.
"I hope you enjoyed your GF's Bday and the flowers that you didn't bring when you...