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November 24, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
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.
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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)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and For RedEye
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
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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 strong,” he said.
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