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Around this time last year, Beverly Kim was something of a minor television celebrity on "Top Chef." Several Saturdays ago, we found Kim calling out dinner orders from a cavernous and modern West Town kitchen, a space that would be the envy of every...
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: Seasons Restaurant, Kevin Pang, Tru, Human Interest, Bonsoiree
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...
I've been meaning to review Beverly Kim's food ever since September's Chicago Gourmet. I was mightily impressed with her contribution to the food festival: a seafood panna cotta topped with mango gelee and a pair of chilled mussels. Kim further boosted...
Tribune reporterWe’ve reached the equivalent of Mile 22 in the Top Chef marathon. Vision gets blurry, the lactic acids are burning holes through our calves, and everything around you starts to feel ... weird. We know the show’s taping schedule is...
Tribune reporterFor the first 11 episodes of Top Chef, Beverly Kim’s journey was a Greek tragedy. Castigated, chastised, verbally beaten down by fellow contestants, she was booted in an episode where no one deserved elimination. In that Charlize Theron-starred...
Tags: Spiaggia, Kevin Pang, Tony Mantuano, Television, Charlize Theron
Of all the reality competition dreck infesting TV screens, Top Chef is one of its better shows (I still think The Amazing Race is the gold standard). Unlike singing competitions where talent might be God given, or insect-eating shock challenges where fear...
Tribune reporterTen weeks into these Top Chef recaps, as I once again sputter out a few hundred words on the show, I find myself writing less about the competition itself and more on philosophical matters. (Pardon the pretension, allow me to sew a leather elbow patch...
Tags: Music, Chris Jones, Rosie Perez, Kevin Pang, Concerts
Tribune reporterThis was my favorite"Top Chef"episode this season. Void of manufactured rivalries or a clear-cut winner/loser, we witnessed the show at its most elemental and compelling: seven chefs cooking their hearts out, fulfilling the mission of the show’s...
Tribune reporterAnthony Bourdain once commented that “Top Chef” is as real as television competitions come. The filming schedule is compressed into several weeks — hell on contestants — and deliberations among judges can drag on for hours. Only...
Tribune reporterDo you buy into the idea of karma? I don’t. I’ll tell you what I do believe: Television works best when packages come delivered tied up with perfect bows. Because on Wednesday's "Top Chef" installment, as soon as Beverly Kim (Aria) said,...
Tribune reporterI'm usually a blur when watching Top Chef. My fingers clack away at the laptop, my eyes dart back and forth between TV and computer screen, as I mentally organize plot summaries, attempt to compose some pithy Tweet while simultaneously taking bites of...
Tags: Chris Jones, Television, Game, Kevin Pang, Sarah Grueneberg
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