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Chef Andrew Brochu was hired at Graham Elliot restaurant last January with an explicit directive: Take the keys to the kitchen, and elevate the restaurant from one Michelin star to two. In November, when the Chicago Michelin Guide came out, Graham Elliot...
Tags: Graham Elliot, Pickles, L2O, Ice Cream, Michelin Group
If only it were so easy to pithily proclaim 2012 as the Year of the (fill-in-the-blank). But there's really no one thread that neatly ties together the Chicago restaurant scene these last 12 months. A restaurant that put Chicago on the culinary map 25...
Tags: Yusho, Frontera Grill, Blackbird, Beverly Kim, Michelin Group
For its latest menu, Next restaurant invested in a special piece of cooking equipment. A Weber kettle grill. Standing alongside the recirculating thermal circulators, Anti-Griddles, Sonicpreps and other high-tech gizmos that populate Next's high-tech...
At one point of a dinner at Elizabeth restaurant, I was served a dark and rich maitake-mushroom tea (really a clarified broth) while a pure-white device on the table played Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." Which made me think that chef/owner Iliana...
Tags: Game, Ice Cream, Biscuits, Foods and Beverages, Wines
So much ink has been spilled chronicling the life and career of Grant Achatz, the most-honored chef and best-known cancer survivor in Chicago, if not the country, one wonders if there are stories left to tell. Two things suggest that there are. One,...
Graham Elliot is hot. The much-decorated chef owns three Chicago restaurants and will be inducted into the Chicago Chefs Hall of Fame in two weeks. He shares screen time with Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay judging "MasterChef" (just renewed for a...
Tags: Pies and Tarts, Tomatoes, Graham Elliot, Blackbird, Avenues
Everyone knows Charlie Trotter as the chef of Charlie Trotter's. It's his name, his restaurant, and he's the boss. But that title “chef” has many meanings, and Trotter has embodied just about all of them during his 25 years at Charlie Trotter'...
Tags: Game, Yusho, Manhattan (New York City), Avenues, Breads
Can a four-star meal begin with fried smelts and end with a Butterfinger bar? My last dinner at Sixteen says yes. These are uncertain times for four-star dining in Chicago. Since last September, four previous top-rated restaurants have closed up shop...
Graham Elliot was an aspiring young cook in the late '90s carrying steaks to a party of 20 in the Charlie Trotter's Studio Kitchen when the restaurant's brilliant, mercurial owner stopped him in the hallway and grabbed one of the pieces of meat. "He...
Tags: Yusho, Tomatoes, Media Industry, Avenues, Charity
Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday. This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
Tags: Frontera Grill, Blackbird, Avenues, L2O, Book
Rodrick Markus reached for the top shelf of a metal cabinet at the back of his office. "I know, I know, I know," he said to himself. His fingers worked across a row of jars and stopped at a tall glass cylinder. I had asked him about rare ingredients. Rare...
Tags: Caviar, Graham Elliot, Blackbird, L2O, Tru
Alinea, Chicago's most acclaimed restaurant, has used Open Table in the past to manage — though not take — reservations, but co-owner Nick Kokonas isn't shy about anticipating and working toward the service's demise. Kokonas, partners with...
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