November 24, 2011 |
The competition continued last night on "Top Chef: Texas," and so we continue our own point-based competition for the six Chicago chefs in the cast. Quickfire challenge: Border Grill's Mary Sue Millikin and Susan Feniger (remember them from "Top Chef Masters"?) guest judge a chili challenge in which they are to cook a dish with a pepper ranging in spice from the mild Anaheim pepper to the nuclear ghost pepper. Elimination challenge: Teams of three are to cook chili and serve it at a rodeo.
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.
December 18, 2013 |
"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.
May 7, 2012 |
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 strong,” he said.
March 7, 2012 |
If the ending of "Top Chef: Texas" has you starved for Chicago chefs on TV, you'll get your fix on a new cooking-centric Bravo show coming later this spring. "Around the World in 80 Plates" is set to fill that 9 p.m. Wednesday void starting May 9. Curtis Stone and Cat Cora host this travel/cooking show that has been described as a combination of "Top Chef" and"Amazing Race. " The cast of 12 features three Chicago-based chefs: The Drawing Room executive chef Nick Lacasse, Table Fifty-Two executive sous chef John Vermigilo and private chef Gary Walker.