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David Lissner
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Food TV opportunities come to Chicago

Food-TV fans will have a couple of opportunities to see the process up-close in Chicago next week:

  1. Suzy Singh

    Suzy Singh

    At 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, meet “MasterChef” contestant Chef Suzy Singh at Kroll’s in the South Loop during a viewing party for the nationally broadcast TV show. In Monday’s broadcast, the top eight competitors will meet their newest challenge.

    Singh, a Buffalo Grove native known as “The Spicy Chef,” made it to the top eight after getting through the “Mystery Box” challenge where the contestants had to prepare a dish using only handful of ingredients, and the “Elimination Test,” where the task was a pork dish — she prepared glazed pork belly with braised cabbage, spatzle and gravy.

    On Monday, Singh will collaborate with Chef Jonathan Meyer to cook two dishes created exclusively for Krolls Bar. Admission to the party is free. Proceeds from the evening’s food and drink sales will benefit Urban Future Leaders of the World, a Chicago-based mentorship program.

  2. Food Network Star


    Do you have what it takes to cook on TV? Find out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, when producers of “Food Network Star” hold an open casting call at the Affinia Hotel in Streeterville.

    Organizers say they’re looking for people who are “full of life, passionate about cooking, and knowledgeable about food.” The call is open to any chefs, home cooks, caterers and other culinary enthusiasts who are interested in hosting their own cooking show on Food Network. Bring a filled-out application, two photos of yourself and a resume.