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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Chicago New Year’s Day brunches

Stoke up after tonight’s excesses with a hearty brunch and a little hair of the dog that bit you. (Where does that phrase come from, anyway? Woof.) Zest Bistro at Lemon Tree Grocer in Downers Grove will be open to serve Chef Tim Canning’s brunch dishes including breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, Niman Ranch bacon, […]

Six Chicago spots for 2012 Super Bowl indulgence

Sunday, Feb. 5, marks Super Bowl XLVI: the New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots. Here’s a few places where Chicagoland food and football fans can indulge in both. Cantina 46 on the Gold Coast goes beyond screening the pigskin plays to roasting a whole pig in a Cuban Caja box. $30 gets you […]

Bye-bye, Mr. Spock

What did Mr. Spock eat? We don’t know, but your last chance to ask Leonard Nimoy is coming Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2, at Creation Entertainment’s Official “Star Trek” Convention at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont. The event, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the iconic TV show, will be Nimoy’s final public appearance […]

Food TV opportunities come to Chicago

Do you have what it takes to cook on TV?

A dozen best bets for Derby Day in Chicago

Will it be Dialed In, Twice the Appeal or Stay Thirsty? We don’t have any tips on the horses, but we can give you some best bets for watching the 137th Kentucky Derby in Chicago on Saturday, May 7, and indulging in Southern-style food and drink. Get out your fanciest hat and go out to […]

Dancing with the Food Dude

We take a break from our regular focus on Chicago’s best restaurants to wish our publisher, David “The Food Dude” Lissner, a rapid recovery from his recent knee surgery. Hope you’re dancing again soon, David!

‘Iron Chef’ winners on the menu in Chicago

We can’t promise you a gig at Kitchen Stadium, but the next best thing is a chance to sample some of the winning dishes from “Iron Chef.”