November 10, 2011 |
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.
November 1, 2011 |
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...
August 1, 2012 |
EAT Market fresh (Free!) Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. 312-744-3316 Watch "Top Chef" Season 9 runner-up Sarah Grueneberg (Spiaggia), Season 3 runner-up Dale Levitski (Frog 'N' Snail) and Telegraph pastry chef Katie Wyler compete for a judging panel of local culinary luminaries in the sixth annual Country Chef Challenge. They will create a dish in 30 minutes with produce they purchase from the Daley Plaza farmers' market. Then, browse the market yourself to recreate the dishes at home.
May 4, 2012 |
It may feel like summer came early this year, but the season doesn't truly kick off until May 5 when the Green City Market moves from its indoor location at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to the south end of Lincoln Park, where it will hold court 7 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday through October. This year, opening day will be celebrated with live music, tours and a demo by "Top Chef: Texas" runner-up Sarah Grueneberg ofSpiaggia. While the market is a cook's candy store thanks to its array of local produce, meats, cheeses and baked goods, there are also plenty of...
February 2, 2012 |
And then there were five … and guest judge Pee Wee Herman on a bicycle. At this point in "Top Chef: Texas," just one Chicagoan, Sarah Grueneberg of Spiaggia, is left competing on the show; however, Aria chef Beverly Kim, as the reigning champ of Bravo's “Last Chance Kitchen” webisodes, still has a chance to return to the show. Quickfire challenge: Make Pee Wee's favorite dish, pancakes, in 20 minutes. Ed wins with his dish of pancake bits with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bacon and bruleed marshmallow.
February 29, 2012 |
The final showdown on "Top Chef: Texas" pitted a Texan against a Chicagoan raised in Texas. And sorry to disappoint, y'all, but it was Austin-based chef Paul Qui who won the title on Wednesday's finale over Chicagoan chef Sarah Grueneberg of award-winning Gold Coast restaurantSpiaggia. "I think in nine seasons and 'All-Stars,' this was the best food we've seen in the finale," judge Tom Colicchio said. "In the end, this was about as close as it can get. " The chef's final challenge was to prepare a four-course meal for their dream restaurant, with not just judges but also their...