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July 24, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
The masters are back! “Top Chef Masters” returns for a fourth season Wednesday, with 12 chefs competing for prize money to benefit the charity of their choice. Takashi Yagihashi and Art Smith are proudly representing Chicago restaurants, and it's a return of sorts for both. Yagihashi made a guest appearance on a Vancouver-set episode of “Top Chef: Texas” and also competed on an episode of “Iron Chef” that aired earlier this year. Smith, known for his legendary fried chicken and his gig as Oprah's chef, appeared on the first season of “Masters” in 2009.
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July 24, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
The masters are back! “Top Chef Masters” returns for a fourth season Wednesday, with 12 chefs competing for prize money to benefit the charity of their choice. Takashi Yagihashi and Art Smith are proudly representing Chicago restaurants, and it's a return of sorts for both. Yagihashi made a guest appearance on a Vancouver-set episode of “Top Chef: Texas” and also competed on an episode of “Iron Chef” that aired earlier this year. Smith, known for his legendary fried chicken and his gig as Oprah's chef, appeared on the first season of “Masters” in 2009.
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December 1, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
Slurping Turtle 116 W. Hubbard St. 312-464-0466 Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start Watch out, Melman brothers. Your Hubbard Street spots, Hub 51 and Paris Club , definitely bring the crowds, but the next block over - 100 West - might be ready to give you a run for your money. Just opened right next to popular Epic and Hubbard Inn is Slurping Turtle , a Japanese tapas and noodle bar from chef Takashi Yagihashi of the award-winning Takashi in Bucktown.
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December 1, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
Slurping Turtle 116 W. Hubbard St. 312-464-0466 Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start Watch out, Melman brothers. Your Hubbard Street spots, Hub 51 and Paris Club , definitely bring the crowds, but the next block over - 100 West - might be ready to give you a run for your money. Just opened right next to popular Epic and Hubbard Inn is Slurping Turtle , a Japanese tapas and noodle bar from chef Takashi Yagihashi of the award-winning Takashi in Bucktown.
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July 24, 2012 | By RedEye staff
Vermilion 10 W. Hubbard St. 312-527-4060 Chef Maneet Chuahan's menu mashes up Indian and Latin flavors to create dishes such as cilantro-tamarind shrimp and tandoori skirt steak with fried plantains. Dos Diablos 15 W. Hubbard St. 312-245-3100 If you have enough liquid courage in the form of margaritas, mojitos or sangria at this Mexican bar and eatery, get in line for a turn on the mechanical bull. Rockit Bar & Grill 22 W. Hubbard St. 312-645-6000 This reliable hangout has earned plenty of fans over the years.
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March 29, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
EAT Culinary faceoff Slurping Turtle, 116 W. Hubbard St. 312-464-0466 Watch owner Takashi Yagihashi compete on "Iron Chef America" during this viewing party complete with a projection screen. Want to try the dishes he prepares for the TV judges? They become available a la carte (in addition to the regular menu) as they're revealed on the show. 9 p.m. Sunday. DRINK Step right up Collaboraction, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., third floor Revelry abounds at Carnaval: Cabaret of Curiosities, Collaboraction's 10th annual benefit, which features...
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February 23, 2012 | by Lisa Arnett and RedEye
It didn't take long for remaining Chicago chef Sarah Grueneberg to point out the irony in the second-to-last episode of “Top Chef: Texas.” Now that Beverly Kim, berated for sticking to Asian cuisine throughout the run of the show, was sent home for the second time, the cast headed to Chinatown in Vancouver for a collaborative challenge “Thank God Beverly went home, because she would have nailed it,” Sarah said. Other nods to departed Kim include a stay at the Fairmont in Vancouver (Kim works for Aria in the Fairmont Chicago)
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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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August 28, 2012
DESSERT Hot Chocolate 1747 N. Damen Ave. 773-489-1747 It's true that this restaurant serves one of the best burgers in town, but the name should be your hint to save room for the sweets. James Beard Foundation award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal recently introduced a cookie cart doling out treats by the piece and a five-part “study” of a particular seasonal ingredient such as berries. Also: milkshakes, doughnuts, flavored ice creams and, of course, hot chocolate. NOODLES Takashi 1952 N. Damen Ave. 773-772-6170 Inside a...
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October 1, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
There's more to come from the New Orleans-based 11th season of "Top Chef" than host Padma Lakshmi tossing the cheftestants Mardi Gras beads instead of making them draw knives. This year's cast features a rockabilly chick, a proud recipient of the title of Philly's Hottest Chef and Stephanie Cmar, whom fans will recognize as the roommate of Season 10 winner Kristen Kish. It also features two Chicago chefs who met for the first time on the show: Carlos Gaytan of Mexique in West Town and Aaron Cuschieri of Slurping Turtle in River North.
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