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February 16, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
For the showdown before the finale, the chefs head to Whistler, the site of the 2012 Olympic winter games to compete in their very own culinary games. The winner of each of three event wins $10,000 and secures a spot in next week's finale. And of course, Padma's wearing a big fur hat! The trio of challenges are as follows: First: Cook a dish on a moving gondola, making a stop to choose an additional ingredient. Lindsay wins and secures her spot in the finale. Second: Free frozen ingredients from blocks of ice and cook a dish with them in one hour.
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NEWS
January 26, 2012 | RedEye
Architecture student creates jigsaw puzzle of new Chicago wards http://bit.ly/ws0Dlr Taco Bell is serving breakfast now. Would you eat burritos for breakfast? http://usat.ly/zsvjiH The maker of breast implants that have been used across the world was arrested in France after deaths resulted from the use of the implants. http://usat.ly/yOl1YT People is reporting that Demi Moore was hospitalized after having seizures. TMZ says Demi Moore was abusing nitrous.  http://bit.ly/zgqKzJ There's a Sh*t Chicagoans Say video on you tube that includes gripes about meters and red light cameras, dibs, our hate for the packers and how nobody beats MJ. http://trib.in/A024Hu Three teens (Brother Rice High School students)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Last night, the 16 cheftestants for "Top Chef: Texas" were finalized, and this season is 37.5 percent Chicago. That's right: All six of the Chicago-based chefs included in the group of 29 hopefuls made the final cast.   With five of the six Chicago chefs having completed their first round of competition in the first episode, our eyes were on remaining local chef Beverly Kim from Aria in last night's second episode. Each chef in her group was asked to choose an ingredient to cook with, and each was secretly matched with a preparation time ranging from 20 to 60 minutes.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett
It looks like we're going to see a whole lotta Chicago on "Top Chef: Texas. " In a qualifying round on last night's first episode, five of the six Chicago hopefuls were awarded a spot in the season's cast of 16 cheftestants. That included Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia , Heather Terhune of Sable , Chuy Valencia of Chilam Balam as well as Chris Jones and Richie Farina, both from Moto . The sixth Chicago hopeful, Beverly Kim of Aria , has yet to compete in her qualifying challenge and won't appear until the second episode next Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
In past seasons of “Top Chef,” we've had one, two or sometimes zero Chicagoans to root for. On the upcoming ninth season filmed in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, we have a whopping half dozen -- but there's no telling how long they'll stick around.   Because everything's bigger in Texas, the producers decided to start the show with 29 hopefuls who have to cook their way into 16 cheftestant spots. In other words, mass elimination on the first episode, airing 9 p.m. CST Nov. 2. Though the bigger group was intimidating, Chicago's hopefuls were ready to bring it.  “I feel … grateful that I'm part of a season that's different than the rest.
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