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January 19, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
The chefs head back to San Antonio and the competition continues, making for one of the most exciting episodes of the season (Yes, even more exciting than Restaurant Wars). Here's what went down. Quickfire challenge: The great Eric Ripert of famous French restaurant Le Bernardin in New York arrives to judge a challenge about “quick thinking” with Padma. The chefs had 30 minutes to pick three ingredients rotating on a conveyor belt and use them to cook a “sophisticated dish.” The longer they wait, the better chance they'll get a better ingredient - say, lobster instead of Pop Rocks - but the less time they'll have to cook.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett, RedEye
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 finding her true calling in cooking.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Review: Siena Tavern 51 W. Kinzie St. 312-595-1322 Rating: 3 (out of four) Off to a good start Fabio Viviani was a fan favorite on the fifth season of "Top Chef," but since then, I've seen his charming grin and Italian accent all over the place. There he was on a commercial for Domino's, touting a line of artisan pizzas. Or promoting oatmeal as a healthy breakfast (in red satin pajamas, of course) in an online video for Quaker Oats. And in between, he's teaching his fans Italian one word at a time on Twitter.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2012 | By Erin Brereton and For RedEye
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)
NEWS
January 12, 2012 | RedEye
SNOW DAY We've had it made the past few weeks, but now, winter in Chicago has finally arrived. Snowfall began around 8 a.m. in the area and around 9:30 a.m. in the city. Will we get 8 inches like the pros are predicting? trib.in/y5gVU4 SNOW PICS We want your snow photos! Tweet , e-mail , or post on Facebook and see them appear in our gallery! Check the city's snow plow tracker site and get real-time updates. bit.ly/whONBM See our gallery here . Our hashtag will be: #snowthanks VIRAL A video of American soldiers peeing on the dead Afghanis went viral yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and For RedEye
Two years ago, she opened Girl & The Goat. Last year, she released a cookbook. This year, “Top Chef” Season 4 winner Stephanie Izard is heading back to the small screen to compete on Food Network show “Iron Chef America.”  According to a schedule of episodes released by Food Network, Izard will face off against Iron Chef Michael Simon. The chefs will be tasked with creating a multi-course meal on the fly utilizing a secret ingredient, and their creations will be judged by actor Anthony Anderson, restaurant consultant Karine Bakhoum and David Rocco of “David Rocco's Dolce Vita.” The episode will air Aug. 26 at 9 p.m.  - Lisa Arnett
NEWS
January 8, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Culinary stars have always taken to the airwaves to show their talent - people like Rachael Ray, Graham Kerr and Emeril Lagasse wouldn't be household names if it weren't for those who came before them. But the new generation of cooking shows - and the kitchen masters who inhabit them - continue to be hot properties on cable and network programming. According to TV ratings from zap2it, almost 1.7 million people watched the Dec. 7 episode of "Top Chef" and more than 6 million watched the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
John Barrowman, Chad Michael Murray and cast members from "Nikita" are among the TV guests who will attend C2E2 April 13-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Barrowman, whom "Torchwood" and "Doctor Who" know as Captain Jack Harkness, will sign autographs April 14 and 15 and conduct a Q&A session. Murray, former star of "One Tree Hill" and current graphic novelist ("Everlast") will have a panel and signing sessions. The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo has yet to announce which stars from CW's "Nikita" series will attend, but I will let you know as soon as I do. Other TV-related guests include Chris Hardwick of "Nerdist" and "The Talking Dead," writer Jane Espenson and star Brad "Cheeks" Bell of "Husbands," Josh Gates of "Destination Truth," Nicholas Brendon of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Stephanie Izard of "Top Chef" and Chicago fave Svengoolie.
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