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May 15, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) His forearms tatted up, his beard a permanent fixture, Carl (writer-director Jon Favreau) very much looks like a chef (or, like Favreau's “Friends” character, an ultimate-fighter wannabe). He could have stepped out of Logan Square, but he's running a kitchen in southern California, where the restaurant's owner (Dustin Hoffman) doesn't believe in experimentation. The menu is the menu, and what works, works. That attitude gets Carl a nasty review from an important critic (Oliver Platt)
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May 15, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) His forearms tatted up, his beard a permanent fixture, Carl (writer-director Jon Favreau) very much looks like a chef (or, like Favreau's “Friends” character, an ultimate-fighter wannabe). He could have stepped out of Logan Square, but he's running a kitchen in southern California, where the restaurant's owner (Dustin Hoffman) doesn't believe in experimentation. The menu is the menu, and what works, works. That attitude gets Carl a nasty review from an important critic (Oliver Platt)
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June 8, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
One of three chefs with Chicago ties on Bravo's"Around the World in 80 Plates"reached the end of the road Wednesday night. On a show of big personalities, travel agent-turned-chef Gary Walker proved himself a reliable supplier of one-liners and a steady source of entertainment for fans. The ladies of the Kappa Phi Delta sorority house at Illinois Institute of Technology, where Walker worked as a chef before filming the show, even got a shout-out when he chugged beer during a pub crawl challenge on the show's first episode filmed in London.
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May 12, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Before he wrote and starred in “Swingers” and went on to direct hits like “Elf” and “Iron Man,” Jon Favreau spent four years in Chicago learning improv at theaters like Second City, the Annoyance Theatre and Improv Olympic. “Everything came from my improv training,” says Favreau from L.A.. “It was the key to performing, it was the key to writing, to editing. The whole idea of forwarding the action, playing to the top of your intelligence, that was a big one. “I think Chicago has always been prominent in the careers of a lot of people who've made it past there.
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May 7, 2012 | By Erin Gibbons
When two-time James Beard semi-finalist Kendal Duque joined Mainstay Hospitality in 2010 to reinvigorate the restaurant group's South Loop spot Chicago Firehouse, there was talk the former Sepia chef would eventually open his own concept with Mainstay. A year and a half later, Duque is doing just that, working with proprietor Matthew O'Malley to launch City Tavern later this month just down the street at 1416 S. Michigan Ave. in the space that used to house Grace O'Malley's. “We just feel that now is the right time, being that the Firehouse is successful and...
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August 17, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
UPDATE: An eviction notice was spotted on Alain's door the week of Sept. 24 and calls to the restaurant have not been answered.  Review: Alain's 1355 S. Michigan Ave. 312-922-1186 Rating: 2 (out of 4) Give it some time What happens when a Cameroon-born chef meets a Chicago Bear? In the case of chef Alain Njike and Bears defensive end Israel Idonije, they become friends and eventually open a restaurant together. The restaurant subsequently announced plans to reopen, but "for rent" signs on the space indicate otherwise.
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October 25, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeats
A local chef with a memorable name and a talent for making equally memorable doughnuts is opening his own restaurant. Enoch Simpson, most known for creating those addictive butterscotch-bacon doughnuts served during brunch at Nightwood, will soon open Endgrain in the space formerly housing Terragusto (1851 W. Addison St.). "We're featuring the doughnuts here every morning and as part of the daily brunch," said Simpson, who is running the business with the help of his brother Caleb.
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September 4, 2013 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Mini-review: Tanta 118 W. Grand Ave. 312-222-9700 Rating: 3.5 (out of 4) Heating up You might not have heard of Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio, but he has 33 restaurants around the world, including Astrid y Gaston in Lima, which ranked one spot higher (#14) on The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013 list than Chicago's celebrated Alinea. Tanta, his newest spot in River North, is only his third restaurant in the United States. While Tanta, billed as a casual cebicheria (heavy on citrus-cured seafood)
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December 20, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
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 those chefs. After working at Charlie Trotter's, serving as Grant Achatz's chef de cuisine at Alinea and then garnering awards at The Peninsula Hotel's restaurant, Avenues, Duffy was ready to open his own place.
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July 13, 2012 | By Kate Bernot, RedEye
Review: Trenchermen 2039 W. North Ave. 773-661-1540 Rating:  !!!! (out of 4) Already hot   ------- What's in a name? trench•er•man (noun) A person who enjoys food. "It refers to a hearty eater; that's the actual definition, and we want people to eat and drink a lot," Mike Sheerin said. "It also translates to the fact that the space used to be an old bath house where politicians and gangsters used to meet.
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April 2, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Worth the trip: Seafood gumbo at Three Chefs Restaurant 8125 S. Halsted St. 773-483-8111 You may stumble upon a decent version of gumbo at stalwart Heaven on Seven or some neo-Cajun spot downtown, but they're no match for the bowl at Three Chefs ($5.99 for a small bowl, $9.99 for a large bowl). All the components that make this gumbo great - the dark and brackish roux (a cooked mix of fat and flour that thickens gumbo), chubby curls of pink shrimp, oval slivers of garlicky caramelized chicken sausage, sweet pepper and cayenne - combine to warm your body and soul.
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March 10, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Three Illinois chefs will compete in the new season of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen. " From the looks of a super-teaser for the season, maybe I should say "will try to survive" the season. When "Hell's Kitchen" returns at 7 p.m. March 13 on Fox, Illinois chefs Jason Zepaltas, Scott Commings and Richard Mancini will be among the 20 chefs vying to outlast Chef Gordon Ramsey's verbal assaults and, if the teaser is an indication, physical assaults from each other. Here are the competitors, who will be split into the following teams: ...
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March 3, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Midwest TV stations hard up for programming over the holidays were ripe for the pranking.  Nick Prueher, one half of the team behind the Found Footage Festival, spent the time between Thanksgiving and New Year's booking himself as a guest on TV stations in Illinois and Wisconsin. His angle was "Chef Keith Guerke," a cooking guru who was supposedly an expert on what to do with leftovers.  However, the supercut of footage above showed Chef Keith was anything but. He makes ice cream cones out of mashed potatoes and...
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February 14, 2014 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
Just to be clear: This column is written by Matt Pais. It's a Matt Pais column, and the important thing to remember is that it's written by me. Matt Pais. Oh, does that sound egotistical? How about a restaurant that reopens with a new name just because they're so proud of the chef that they've acquired? It happened in 2011 when Perennial became Perennial Virant (after chef Paul Virant, who won awards for his cooking at suburban Western Springs hit Vie). It happened in November when Chuck's Manufacturing decided people were less interested in Chuck...
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February 6, 2014 | By The Great Burgerelli and RedEye
Burger review: Chef's Burger Bistro 164 E. Grand Ave. 312-374-3092 Rating: 2 (out of four) I, the Great Burgerelli, have eaten burgers here, there and everywhere. I have eaten them in the finest of restaurants, in the northern woods of Wisconsin and from a Styrofoam box sitting on the hood of my ketchup-red 1960 Alfa Romeo Spider. But until my visit to Chef's Burger Bistro in Streeterville, I had never had a burger presided over by a certified master chef. To earn that honor, chef/partner Edward Leonard endured a grueling ten-day cooking...
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January 6, 2014 | By Samantha Nelson and For RedEye
Former Sunda chef Rodelio Aglibot is opening a dim sum restaurant in Lakeshore East in March. The so-called "Food Buddha" said he's always looking for spaces for new restaurant concepts and decided to open Yum Cha at 333 E. Randolph St. (formerly French restaurant Maison) because he saw a void for Chinese food in the neighborhood. "Dim sum is hot right now," he said. "The idea of eating small plates is something Chicago has embraced. " Aglibot and his partners have traveled to Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco...
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September 5, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
Ready to put your summer standbys to rest and try something new? Mark your calendars for these coming-soon bars and restaurants due to open in September, listed in order of estimated time of arrival. SEPT. 5 Jellyfish 1009 N. Rush St. Pan-Asian restaurant with a hidden entrance in the Gold Coast. WEEK OF SEPT. 10 Embeya 564 W. Randolph St. Contemporary Asian fare in the West Loop from chef Thai Dang, who's worked at Ria and L2O. MID-SEPTEMBER Chuck's Manufacturing 224 N. Michigan Ave. Flavored vodka...
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October 29, 2012 | By Erin Gibbons and For RedEye
Spooked by the sight of blood, let alone the thought of eating it? Ingredients like blood, bones, organ meats and insects may seem more trick than treat to some Chicagoans, but in many parts of the world (and many parts of the U.S.), they're common -- even celebrated. Mexican chef Manuel Bañuelos, who opened Oaxacan restaurant Mezcalina in the Loop in August, said that grasshoppers -- a high-protein, nutritious snack -- are considered a delicacy in Oaxacan cuisine. And Thomas Elliott Bowman, partner and co-executive chef at Baume &...
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December 18, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
"MasterChef Junior" will be searching for talented young home cooks at an open casting call in Chicago and other cities in January. The Fox series is looking for kids ages 8 to 13 as of March 10, 2014. The Chicago casting call is set for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Chicago Hyatt Mag Mile, 633 N. St. Clair. Minors coming to the open call must be accompanied by an adult guardian, and applications must be completed by parents or legal guardians. Other casting calls are planned in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.
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December 9, 2013 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
Stella Barra 1954 N. Halsted St. 773-634-4101 Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Push . I've heard a lot of great chefs say it. Push through the pain. Push forward. Push past your limits. Nothing is impossible if you push. The difference between the successful chef and the pedestrian line cook, or so it appears, is returning a force just a little harder than the force that comes at you, aka pushing. "Push" is also what's tattooed on the right wrist of Jeff Mahin, the executive chef partner behind Stella Barra, a new pizzeria in Lincoln Park.
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