November 14, 2013 |
Update: Chef Rene De Leon recently left The Dawson. The restaurant released the following a statement on Nov. 19: “The Dawson announces the departure of chef Rene De Leon and the promotion of current sous chef Patrick Russ (most recently at Next prior to opening The Dawson) to head chef. The culinary staff that has worked closely with both chefs will remain in place and Jordan Parker, currently sous chef at The Gage, will round out the team as chef de cuisine.” Review: The Dawson 730 W. Grand Ave. 312-243-8995 Rating: 2 1/2 (out of 4)
November 29, 2011 |
Demi and Ashton. Kim and Kris. Celebrity breakups are hard, but nothing was harder to watch on last week's episode of "Top Chef: Texas" than the separation of Chris Jones and Richie Farina, the two fun-loving chefs from Homaro Cantu's wacky fine-dining restaurant Moto who cracked "Star Wars" references, sported short-sleeve work shirts instead of chef's whites and hoped to take first and second place in the show. They goof around like brothers, but have an obvious mutual respect and fierce loyalty for each other.
March 7, 2012 |
If the ending of "Top Chef: Texas" has you starved for Chicago chefs on TV, you'll get your fix on a new cooking-centric Bravo show coming later this spring. "Around the World in 80 Plates" is set to fill that 9 p.m. Wednesday void starting May 9. Curtis Stone and Cat Cora host this travel/cooking show that has been described as a combination of "Top Chef" and"Amazing Race. " The cast of 12 features three Chicago-based chefs: The Drawing Room executive chef Nick Lacasse, Table Fifty-Two executive sous chef John Vermigilo and private chef Gary Walker.
March 10, 2014 |
Three Illinois chefs will compete in the new season of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen. " From the looks of a super-teaser for the season, maybe I should say "will try to survive" the season. When "Hell's Kitchen" returns at 7 p.m. March 13 on Fox, Illinois chefs Jason Zepaltas, Scott Commings and Richard Mancini will be among the 20 chefs vying to outlast Chef Gordon Ramsey's verbal assaults and, if the teaser is an indication, physical assaults from each other. Here are the competitors, who will be split into the following teams: The Blue Team (Men)
February 13, 2013 |
At some Chicago restaurants, it's often love at first bite - among the workers, anyway. Timothy O'Tooles on the Gold Coast boasts four employee couples and two married couples. An assistant general manager and a former waitress are expected to marry in September, according to the restaurant's publicist. MK, a Near North Side restaurant, has served as matchmaker for 12 employees who met there and later married. One couple - a sous chef and office manager - are currently engaged, a publicist for the restaurant said.
March 20, 2012 |
It's not impossible to find a taqueria and an antique shop on the same street. But how about in the same storefront? That's what husband-and-wife team Rick and Ashley Ortiz are envisioning with Antique Taco, a new restaurant/retail hybrid slated for a May opening at 1360 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park. “I tell people it's like a taco stand meets farmers market meets Anthropologie … while drinking a canned beer,” said Ashley. The two met while working together on events at Soldier Field, he as executive sous chef and she in...