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ENTERTAINMENT
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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NEWS
January 8, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Eric Salinas swirls a pat of butter into a pan of sizzling green apples, brown sugar and apple juice. The fat glistens, creating the perfect sauce to go with a bone-in pork loin roasting in the oven. Golden-brown squash cools on the counter. You'd think Salinas was showing off his cooking chops on TV alongside chef Alton Brown, but in reality the 25-year-old is whipping up a master meal in his North Park kitchen. The studio audience consists of his mom and girlfriend, eagerly awaiting dinner in the living room.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett and Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
The West Loop has long been considered a dining and nightlife destination - hello, Randolph Street Restaurant Row! - but next year, even more big-name chefs are due to fill in the neighborhood's vacant storefronts. "[Randolph Street is] easily the coolest restaurant street in the country, not just Chicago," said Graham Elliot , who is opening a restaurant this spring at 841 W. Randolph St. "And then one street over is Lake, with Vera and other restaurants, and then you've got Fulton Market with Next and Moto and the Publican, so it's a killer little area and I'm a huge advocate of the free market.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett
Recently opened Chicago restaurant Quay will get the Food Network treatment when it's featured on new docu-series “Chef Hunter” on Thursday. The show follows culinary recruiter Carrie McCully as she helps find the right chef for six different restaurants around the country. An earlier episode ended with the hiring of "Top Chef: Nyesha Arrington, who is also currently on “Top Chef: Texas.” at Wilshire, a restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif. Though Food Network would not reveal the two final chef candidates featured on the show, Chicago magazine has reported that they are Dan Marquis, who has worked at Pasha and Grocery Bistro, and Cara Thompson.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
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.
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