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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 […]

Local food fest fetes farm-fresh cuisine

The Good Food Festival and Conference, celebrating local farmers and chefs and their food, launches today at UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Events for the general public begin tomorrow night at 6 p.m. with a party featuring fermentation expert Sandor Katz, followed by “Localicious,” a tasting event featuring samples from such restaurants as […]

Homaru, Gamble swap ‘Iron Chef’ and Midwestern menus

iNG and Moto Chef Homaro Cantu and Bread & Wine Chef Curtis Gamble are trading places. For two nights, Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13, Cantu will cook a menu inspired by his appearance on “Iron Chef” at Bread & Wine in Irving Park, while Gamble will prepare new-school Midwestern dinners at iNG in […]

They’re shakin’ it up at Tru: Can you?

Chef Anthony Martin and the Tru crew get the shakes in the kitchen at the Michelin-starred restaurant in Streeterville. Martin says he learned his moves from 67-year-old Joel Robuchon, whom Gault-Millau named Chef of the Century in 1989. We’re challenging other Chicago kitchens to continue the meme. Chefs: Post links to your videos here!

Chefs celebrate 17 years of girl power!

The 17th Annual Girl Food Dinner brings together some of Chicago’s top chefs — who happen to be female — for an evening of food and wine in support of the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s fight to end hunger in Cook County. The dinner, hosted by Chef Susan Goss and Drew Goss, takes places at […]

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 […]

Dentists pick Chicago chef with the top teeth

Who knew that dentists were foodies? But when they evaluate the chefs’ best bites, they mean their teeth. More than 200 Chicago Dental Society members were surveyed as to which Chicago chef has the best smile. Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat came in tops with 60 percent of the vote. […]

Trending: ‘Kale is the new bacon’

Kale or Be Kaled – watch more funny videos What are local chefs doing with that ubiquitous leafy green? The Chicago Sun-Times hails kale this week, noting, “Kale has come a long way since it was just some curly stuff chefs used to line platters with.” Here’s a sample of how some Chicago chefs are […]

Pastry chefs square off

Thomas Raquel of Acadia in the Loop competes against Melissa Coppel of Jean-Marie Auboine Chocolatier in Las Vegas, Chris Ford of Wit & Wisdom in Baltimore and Philip Speer of Uchi in Austin, Texas, in the Emmy award-winning Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition “Season Two: National Chefs.” In the show, four chef finalists make eight servings […]

Foodie forecast for 2013 predicts global cheap eats

The team behind River North’s Mercadito, Tavernita and Barcito, Double A and the soon to open Little Market Brasserie on the Near North Side recently issued their predictions for the restaurant industry in the coming year. Perhaps most surprising is Chef Ryan Poli’s forecast that there will be a move away from locally grown foods […]