November 12, 2012 |
Although “Top Chef All-Stars” alumus Spike Mendelsohn recently mentioned plans to open a Chicago restaurant on Bravo's “Life after Top Chef,” it looks like it won't be happening anytime soon. Rumors about a Chicago-based restaurant from Mendelsohn date back to early 2011. The eatery was first said to be an outpost of Mendelsohn's We, the Pizza, the New York-style pizzeria he opened in summer 2010 in Washington, D.C. In December 2011, director of marketing and communications Micheline Mendelsohn (who is also Spike's sister)
November 7, 2012 |
The 10th season of "Top Chef" takes place in Seattle and features two cheftestants with matching spoon tattoos, a dad-to-be who may miss the birth of his first child and a Belgian knight with an affinity for yelling "Booya!" It also features 31-year-old Chrissy Camba, a Lincoln Square resident who grew up in Hoffman Estates. (For those foggy on the 'burbs, that's "the city adjacent to Schaumburg, which holds the Ikea," she said.) As the first step on her intended path to becoming a neurosurgeon, Camba earned a biology degree at Loyola University before...
August 31, 2012 |
Editor's Note: In the time since our review, Bonsoiree has closed. Review: Bonsoiree 2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-7511 Rating: 2.5 stars (out of four) Take it or leave it Beverly Kim was perhaps the most controversial contestant on "Top Chef: Texas" earlier this year. Despite her quiet and seemingly sensitive personality, Kim at times became a target of other chefs' frustration. Though some fans felt she was picked on, she made it to the respectable final four, and now has an entire restaurant, Bonsoiree, to call her own. Last week, the...
July 24, 2012 |
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...
June 7, 2012 |
The owners of local hangouts Public House and Bull & Bear are teaming up with"Top Chef"fan favorite Fabio Viviani to open a new restaurant in River North slated for a late 2012 or early 2013 debut. Florence-born Viviani was known for his Italian cooking on the fifth season of "Top Chef," and he also returned to the show as part of the cast of "Top Chef All Stars. " Luke Stoioff, who owns Public House and Bull & Bear with business partner David Rekhson, calls the concept "Italian-ish.
May 9, 2012 |
New reality show "Around the World in 80 Plates" has some serious eye candy in the form of co-hosts Cat Cora and Curtis Stone, but that's not the only reason you should tune in. You witness the egos and cooking chops of"Top Chef," the strategy and alliances of "Survivor," and the international travel and adrenaline of"The Amazing Race. " The show debuts at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Bravo and features a cast of 12 chefs - three with Chicago ties - traveling to different foreign cities and taking over local restaurants in an attempt to recreate the native cuisine.