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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 […]

Chocoholics: Enter by May 8 for sweet Mother’s Day contest

Think you bake a mean chocolate cake or a decadent chocolate mousse? Chocolate artist Alain Roby of All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva invites home cooks to honor their moms and enter the bakery’s “The Mother of All Foodies” recipe contest. By 5 p.m. Wednesday, enter your top chocolate dessert creation and you could win a […]

Watch and taste at the French Pastry School

Learn about the techniques of patisserie from The French Pastry School without investing in an intensive, hands-on course. The Loop-based school now offers its “Tasting Series,” two-hour demonstrations by their chef-instructors. You get to watch as well as taste. In the next class, “Classic Bistro Desserts: A Menu of French Favorites,” at 6 p.m. Friday, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Learn to dip with Kate

Zed451 in River North hosts a pre-Valentine’s Day cooking class. Reservations required.

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 […]

Friday food porn: The icing on the cake

Is this how they do it at The French Pastry School?

Eat this! Curry, a saucy blend of flavors

What it is: Although to most Americans, “curry” implies a dish made with a yellow-hued spice blend, in India, it means “gravy,” and applies to a wide range of saucy, typically highly seasoned recipes. Where it comes from: Curries originated in South Asia. “Curry powder,” a blend of seasonings that get their yellow color from […]

Chicago chefs’ top 10 recipes of 2012

Pies and lobster dishes were among our most popular recipes of last year, showing that despite straitened times, cooks are still looking for a little indulgence. On the other hand, two pasta dishes also made the list, so they’re economizing, too. Here are Dining Chicago’s 10 most clicked-on local chefs’ recipes of 2012. Which were […]