September 26, 2013 |
Fox's competition series "MasterChef" is headed to Chicago as part of its nationwide search for Season 5 contestants. The casting call will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Oct. 19 at Le Cordon Bleu, 361 W. Chestnut St. "MasterChef" judge Graham Elliot will attend the casting event. Those planning to audition must bring one prepared dish to be served to the judges. You will be given a chance to plate your dish, but there won't be a kitchen to cook or warm the dish. You can pre-register for the call and download an application at the "MasterChef" web site to bring with you when you audition.
December 14, 2011 |
If you saw the teasers, then you knew what was coming for the remaining 12 cheftestants: The dreaded double elimination! And of course, continued conflict between Heather and Beverly, which we knew was coming. Quickfire: Guest chef Tim Love of the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in Forth Worth challenges the chefs to create a dish using a tequila of their choice. Elimination challenge: Cook a six-course game dinner to a panel of game-savvy chef guests -- and each other.
June 8, 2012 |
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.
November 29, 2011 |
Do you think you have what it takes to become the next "MasterChef?" Casting directors from the series and Chef Graham Elliot are coming to Chicago Dec. 3 for an open casting call. Here are the details: "MasterChef" open call When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Where: Le Cordon Bleu, 361 W. Chestnut in Chicago What to do: You MUST bring one prepared dish to be served to the judges, including Graham Elliot. You will be given a few minutes to plate your dish, but there will not be a kitchen to cook or warm it up so come prepared!
February 15, 2012 |
Pastry chef Amanda Rockman is known around town for her addictive Basque cake at Bucktown restaurant The Bristol, but last year she took a turn in the national spotlight on Bravo's “Top Chef: Just Desserts.” While she was away taping the show, she found out that The Bristol team was teaming up with Boka Restaurant Group to open a new restaurant called Balena. The Italian-inspired spot will showcase chef Chris Pandel's pasta, pizza and wood-fired meats and is expected to open in late February or early March.
July 17, 2012 |
Two years ago, she opened Girl & The Goat. Last year, she released a cookbook. This year, “Top Chef” Season 4 winner Stephanie Izard is heading back to the small screen to compete on Food Network show “Iron Chef America.” According to a schedule of episodes released by Food Network, Izard will face off against Iron Chef Michael Simon. The chefs will be tasked with creating a multi-course meal on the fly utilizing a secret ingredient, and their creations will be judged by actor Anthony Anderson, restaurant consultant Karine Bakhoum and David Rocco of “David Rocco's Dolce Vita.” The episode will air Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. - Lisa Arnett
February 6, 2013 |
Ever wondered what celebrity chef in Chicago has the best smile? No? Well, someone did, because the Chicago Dental Society was surveyed about just such a question in "preparation" for its 148th Midwinter Meeting, and more than 200 dentists weighed in on who has the best set of pearly whites. The winner, garnering 60 percent of the vote, was Stephanie Izard, the Girl and the Goat chef and former "Top Chef" winner. Grant Achatz and Rick Bayless took second and third, respectively, but they were distant runners-up, kind of like only getting floss when you really wanted a new toothbrush at the dentist.