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Quartet of Mexican cuisine’s top chefs to gather in Chicago

Mexico City chef Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil) and New York City’s Alex Stupak (Empellon) join Chicagoans Carlos Gaytan (Mexique) and Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and others) for a two-day celebration of contemporary Mexican cuisine, “Mod Mex,” Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, at Frontera Grill in River North. Saturday’s event, “Mod Mex: The New Face […]

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 […]

Have a dog day with the Food Dude!

Hot dog! Gapers Block is gearing up for a Hot Dog Cookoff from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, outside Schubas Tavern in Lakeview. Chefs from Fat Rice, Harmony Grill, The Haute and the Dog, Kuma’s Corner, ManBQue and others will start with Vienna Beef wieners and turn them into exciting gourmet dog dishes […]

Feed Your Senses at Starving Artist

Guests at this weekend’s Starving Artist fete will be anything but starved once they mosey around the sensual wonderland that is this annual art and food event. Going on its third year, Starving Artist is hosted by the Chicago Artists Coalition, a 39-year old non-profit organization dedicated to building and strengthening the local art scene. The lavish […]

Secrets of the chefs: Will Johnson, Filini

Chef Will Johnson of Filini Restaurant & Bar in the Loop has given his right arm to cuisine — literally. The Brooklyn-born chef, who came to Chicago just two years ago, has tattoos of vegetables, a chicken, a cow, a pig and other food emblems along that arm, something you may not see if you […]

Suburban chef perks up urban lounge menu

For all you Chicago residents who are afraid to venture outside city limits, here’s your chance to sample the fare of one of the suburbs’ top chefs without disturbing your urban sensibilities. Chef Michael Lachowicz of restaurant Michael in Winnetka is serving a stint as consulting chef for Mercer One Thirteen, bringing his French-inspired cuisine […]

Meet The Monarch’s New Executive Chef Michael DeStefano

As far as cooking goes, Andrew has an inspiring creative mindset. He has discussed with me his process of creating new dishes, which I loved. To someone reading a description of a dish he might have created, you could look at it and wonder how on Earth he could come up with those flavor combinations. […]

Ambria fans: your fave is back — for one night only

Six years ago, fans were surprised and disappointed when Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises shut down its Lincoln Park fine-dining restaurant Ambria after 27 years. During Ambria’s tenure, its chef, Gabino Sotelino won the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef of the Midwest award in 1997, and his native Spain awarded him its Medalla al Merito Nacional, […]

Aspiring young chefs: MTV wants you! Be a reality TV star

MTV plans to launch a new reality TV series, tentatively titled “Food School,” and you can star, as well as get a leg up for a culinary career. If you’ve always wanted to be a chef, here’s a weird way to start. Contestants in the show will live under one roof while being schooled 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, […]