April 2, 2014 |
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.
March 10, 2014 |
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: ...
March 3, 2014 |
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...
February 14, 2014 |
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...
February 6, 2014 |
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...
January 15, 2014 |
The gravy train will pull into Chicago for a second year in a row, as Poutine Fest announces a date and location for a 2014 fest. On February 23, the competition for gravy-and-cheese-topped supremacy returns to Haymarket Pub & Brewery , pitting chefs against each other for audience votes. The Gage will defend its title against challenges including Sunday Dinner Club, The Barrelhouse Flat and The Brixton. New sponsors Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Roelli Cheese Haus will provide the curds.