Posts in category "20 questions with Chicago chefs"

20 Questions with Chef Dave Beran - Next Restaurant

20 Questions with Chef Dave Beran - Next Restaurant
I’ve gotten to know Dave over the past few years since next has opened. I’ve been lucky to dine there a lot and he was generous to allow me in to the kitchen to do a profile on the kitchen staff during their el bull menu. He’s definitely a chef I would want to work... Read more »

20 Questions with Chef Chris Macchia - The Florentine

20 Questions with Chef Chris Macchia - The Florentine
Welcome to my second take on doing the 20 Questions series in a podcast form. Chef Chris Macchia of the Florentine and I crossed paths at the Peninsula long ago. He’s a down to earth, Italian guy who cooks up delicious food, executed well. Even though I’ve known Chris for awhile, I learned a lot about... Read more »

20 Questions with Thomas Lents of Sixteen

20 Questions with Thomas Lents of Sixteen
I’m happy to bring back one of my favorite types of posts from the ancient past – 20 Questions! I’ve entered the modern age with a HUGE thanks to Mike Gebert in helping me make this new version a Podcast and not a readable interview. The goal I had for this series was to allow... Read more »
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20 Questions - Amanda Rockman, Pastry Chef at Balena & The Bristol

20 Questions - Amanda Rockman, Pastry Chef at Balena & The Bristol
 Amanda Rockman is one of those chefs I’ve had commonalities with – places we’ve worked but just missed each other at as well as friends in the industry – but we’ve never really met and had a conversation. You’ll see her at events or in the kitchen at Balena or The Bristol and the focus... Read more »

20 Questions - Rachael Lowe, Sommelier at Sixteen

20 Questions - Rachael Lowe, Sommelier at Sixteen
Rachael Lowe is the sommelier at the Trump Hotel and their restaurant Sixteen. She has a pedigree that many would love to have and the chef’s she’s worked for you know – Thomas Keller, Gordon Ramsey, Grey Kunz. I’ve eaten at Sixteen a few times and the pairings as well as service have always been... Read more »

20 Questions - Ina Pinkney, Ina's

20 Questions - Ina Pinkney, Ina's
Ina Pinkney is an institution in the Chicago Restaurant scene. You’ll find her at her eponymously named breakfast and lunch spot 5 days a week working the door and the crowd. She’s committed to doing things the right way which includes – NO cell phones, warm syrup and pouring your own coffee from the carafe... Read more »
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20 Questions - Revae Schneider, Femme Du Coupe

20 Questions - Revae Schneider, Femme Du Coupe
Revae Schneider is Femme Du Coupe. She recently exploded on to the Chicago scene and her momentum doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon. She takes a different tack to the mixology movement by bringing it home. Her goal is to teach classes and educate those with the desire on how to make great drinks... Read more »

20 Questions - Seth Zurer, co-Founder, Baconfest

20 Questions - Seth Zurer, co-Founder, Baconfest
If you love Bacon, you’ve heard of or been to Baconfest. There is a lot more to the event then over indulgence. Baconfest has become a year round parade to salty, cured goodness and will have its third large format dine around event at UIC Forum in 92 days – April 14, 2012. I caught up... Read more »

20 Questions - Chef Ce Bian of Roka Akor

20 Questions - Chef Ce Bian of Roka Akor
One of the newest and hottest restaurants in the city right now is Roka Akor! Ce Bian came with the group from Arizona to open the restaurant and has been cooking for robata a long time. But, I learned he has an MBA and if he weren’t cooking would be back in Hong Kong. A... Read more »
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20 Questions with Chef Nicole Pederson - C-House

20 Questions with Chef Nicole Pederson - C-House
In life, they say speak softly and carry a big stick! Nicole Pederson is the first female chef I’ve interviewed for 20 Questions. Her pedigree is very impressive. Nicole isn’t currently on twitter yet and seems happiest in her kitchen working with her team. She’s worked in France, for Danny Meyer and now Marcus Samuelsson... Read more »