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Kahan, Roby and Melman honored by Chefs Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Chicago chefs Paul Kahan and Alain Roby and restaurateur Richard Melman! The three culinary greats will be this year’s inductees into the Chicago Culinary Museum Chefs’ Hall of Fame. Kahan is the executive chef and co-owner of avec, Blackbird and three other Chicago restaurants. Guinness Award-winning pastry chef Roby owns All Chocolate Kitchen […]

Award recognizes the top 10 clean eateries of Oak Park

They take cleanliness seriously in Oak Park. For 28 years, the village has annually honored the cleanest restaurant kitchens in town with the Johnson Restaurant Award, presented to establishments that consistently meet or exceed state food-safety standards. The award is named for Oak Park’s first lunchroom, the Johnson Restaurant, 124 Lake St., which operated in […]

Chicago: Cake capital of America? Congrats, Mark Seaman!

Dessert Professional recently named Chicago pastry chef Mark Seaman, Certified Master Cake Artist and chef instructor at The French Pastry School, one of the Top Ten Cake Artists of North America for 2013. Seaman’s previous honors include the Bronze and Silver medals, in 2003 and 2005 respectively, from the National Wedding Cake Competition. In 2007, […]

Izard, Kahan, Aviary win 2013 James Beard Awards

See an old Stephanie Izard video: The culinary world’s version of the Oscars, the James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards, were announced last night in New York City. The West Loop won big, encompassing all the Chicago winners. Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat was named Best Chef Great Lakes, and Paul Kahan […]

Congratulations, Chicago James Beard semi-finalists!

Semi-finalists in the James Beard Awards, the culinary world’s answer to the Oscars, announced today, include a strong line-up of Chicagoans. Congrats to all! Finalists will be named March 18 in Charleston, S.C., and the winners May 6, in New York. Here are the locals in the running: Outstanding Restaurant Naha, River North Spiaggia, Magnificent […]

Chicago’s Segal, Sherman, Next win James Beard Awards

Congratulations to the winners of last night’s James Beard Awards! Chicago winners of the culinary Oscars were Mindy Segal of Mindy’s HotChocolate in Wicker Park (reopening May 10 after renovations), named Outstanding Pastry Chef; Bruce Sherman of North Pond in Lincoln Park, dubbed Best Chef: Great Lakes; and Next in the West Loop, awarded Best […]

Congratulations, Chicago James Beard contenders

Congratulations to the Chicago semi-finalists in this year’s James Beard Awards. Final nominees will be announced March 19, and the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony takes place May 7. Chef Charlie Trotter of the soon-to-close Charlie Trotter’s in Lincoln Park will be recipient of the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year Award. Best New Restaurant […]

Gung hay fat choy! 8 Chicago Asian New Year celebrations

Get ready for the Year of the Dragon! With dragon parades and lion dances, clashing cymbals and banging drums, firecrackers and a plethora of traditional foods, the Asian Lunar New Year explodes into Chicago this week with a variety of events at restaurants and around town. 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s Chinatown. […]

Priscila Satkoff named to Chefs’ Hall of Fame

UPDATE: The event has been rescheduled to Nov. 16, and ticket prices reduced to $110. Our congratulations to Chef Priscila Satkoff of the creative Mexican restaurant ¡Salpicon! in Old Town, who’ll be the 2011 inductee into the Chicago Chefs’ Hall of Fame. Satkoff was to have been honored at an installation dinner Thursday, Sept. 29. […]

Hot news! Chicago’s wiener officially the biggest

The Big Hot Dog, produced by Gorilla Tango Novelty Meats, a sideline for the folks behind Chicago’s Gorilla Tango Theatre, has been named the world’s largest commercially available hot dog by the Guinness Book of World Records. Gorilla Tango introduced the 16-inch-long, 4-inch-diameter, 7-pound wienie in January 2010. “I always knew I had something special […]