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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.
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May 30, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
When backpacking through Cambodia with a friend nearly two years ago, Chicagoan Jason Savsani made it a mission to find the most authentic meal. After asking locals and laboring through several overpriced and Americanized meals, he approached a hotel employee. “Hey, I'd like a home-cooked meal,” he said. He braced for the worst, not sure how this stranger would respond. “He was just like, 'Cool,'” Savsani said. “I was really surprised. He called like 15 people that worked in the hotel and asked who could have us over for dinner.
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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.
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February 21, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Though Metropolitan Brewing owners Doug and Tracy Hurst have been looking to expand their brewery's capacity for a while, their first public proclamation came Wednesday, via a short and succinct Tweet : "Oh, just spent time today scouting locations for our new brewery. You know, nbd. " Oh, but it is a big deal. The Chicago-based brewery, established in 2008, is one of the few that concentrates on lagers instead of ales, brewing popular beers like Krankshaft Kolsch and Dynamo Copper Lager.
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May 30, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
When backpacking through Cambodia with a friend nearly two years ago, Chicagoan Jason Savsani made it a mission to find the most authentic meal. After asking locals and laboring through several overpriced and Americanized meals, he approached a hotel employee. “Hey, I'd like a home-cooked meal,” he said. He braced for the worst, not sure how this stranger would respond. “He was just like, 'Cool,'” Savsani said. “I was really surprised. He called like 15 people that worked in the hotel and asked who could have us over for dinner.
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February 21, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Though Metropolitan Brewing owners Doug and Tracy Hurst have been looking to expand their brewery's capacity for a while, their first public proclamation came Wednesday, via a short and succinct Tweet : "Oh, just spent time today scouting locations for our new brewery. You know, nbd. " Oh, but it is a big deal. The Chicago-based brewery, established in 2008, is one of the few that concentrates on lagers instead of ales, brewing popular beers like Krankshaft Kolsch and Dynamo Copper Lager.
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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...
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June 23, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Auditions for Season 12 of "American Idol" began in early June, but Chicago-area hopefuls get their chance to impress the judges on July 12. Registration for Chicago auditions will be July 10 and 11, with auditions happening July 12. Both registration and auditions will take place at United Center, 1901 W. Madison St. "Idol" is looking for men and women between 15 and 28 as of June 5, 2012, and who are eligible to work in the U.S. Some restrictions...
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.
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