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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 29, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
Episodes 1 and 2: All hail Chicago! Because everything's bigger in Texas, the season kicks off with 29 hopefuls vying for 16 spots in the cast. It's impressive that there are more hopefuls from Chicago than any other city, and even more impressive when all six of them make it onto the show. Episode 4: Richie's ouster Tasked with the late-night challenge creating a new dish out of his team's failed chili, Richie Farina from West Loop restaurant Moto is sent packing, spurring the season's most emotional goodbye between him and colleague Chris Jones.
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February 29, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
Episodes 1 and 2: All hail Chicago! Because everything's bigger in Texas, the season kicks off with 29 hopefuls vying for 16 spots in the cast. It's impressive that there are more hopefuls from Chicago than any other city, and even more impressive when all six of them make it onto the show. Episode 4: Richie's ouster Tasked with the late-night challenge creating a new dish out of his team's failed chili, Richie Farina from West Loop restaurant Moto is sent packing, spurring the season's most emotional goodbye between him and colleague Chris Jones.
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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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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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...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
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.
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May 4, 2012 | By Erin Gibbons and For RedEye
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
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.
NEWS
February 29, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
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...
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