Posts tagged "20 questions with chicago chefs"

20 Questions with Chef Bill Kim - Belly Q, Belly Shack & Urban Belly

20 Questions with Chef Bill Kim - Belly Q, Belly Shack & Urban Belly
I’ve been lucky enough to get to know chef Bill Kim over the last number of years. We never worked together but as Trotter Alums we have many friends in common. Bill’s food is Asian in flavor but always very familiar with his unique playful style that has American influences. Chef Kim was one of... 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 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 »
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20 Questions with Andrew Knowlton, Restaurant & Drinks Editor - Bon Appetit

20 Questions with Andrew Knowlton, Restaurant & Drinks Editor - Bon Appetit
Andrew Knowlton is a good looking guy. I overheard more than one woman the evening of Hamburger Hop swoon as his name was mentioned or they caught a glimpse! I knew he was outspoken but I wasn’t sure if his Hampton’s good looks played a role in his persona. As we sat down to chat,... Read more »

20 Questions - Sheila O'Grady, Director of the IL. Restaurant Assoc. & Chicago Gourmet

20 Questions - Sheila O'Grady, Director of the IL. Restaurant Assoc. & Chicago Gourmet
I first met Sheila O’Grady a year ago after Chicago Gourmet. Her career pedigree and educational background are very impressive. She’s a smart, no nonsense, Chicagoan who cuts through to the issue. I’ve enjoyed our conversations and see that the focus she has not only for the Illinois Restaurant Association but for Chicago Gourmet is... Read more »

20 Questions with CEO Bill Terlato - Terlato International

20 Questions with CEO Bill Terlato - Terlato International
Bill Terlato has my job! Oh, you don’t know Bill? The Terlato family is one of the largest wine marketers, importers & winery owners in the country and it all began here in Chicago. Started over 50 years ago by Bill’s father, Anthony, he worked with his father and father-in-law to start bringing fine wine to the Chicago... Read more »
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20 Questions with Chef Michael Taus - Zealous

20 Questions with Chef Michael Taus - Zealous
Michael Taus has been a part of the Chicago restaurant scene for nearly 2 decades. From an industry perspective that’s a huge accomplishment, personally I think it’s impressive he’s stayed relevant by changing and adapting with culinary trends and the economy. I’ve never worked with Michael but he’s cut from an old school cloth. He... Read more »

20 Questions with Boka Group Owners Rob Katz & Kevin Boehm

20 Questions with Boka Group Owners Rob Katz & Kevin Boehm
Eerily enough, on the day we did this interview it was Rob’s wedding anniversary and that was the day I met both of them 6 years ago when I was a server. They both happened to be in the restaurant at the same time! I’ve enjoyed dining at their restaurants over the years and just... Read more »

20 Questions with Curtis Duffy of Avenues

20 Questions with Curtis Duffy of Avenues
I’ve met Curtis a few times but never shared kitchen space with him. He’s definitely well known amongst the female foodies of Chicago as a one of the better looking Chefs in town. But he’s not just a pretty face – working with Grant Achatz at Trio and opening Alinea. He was named the Best... Read more »
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20 Questions with Wine Director Mike Muser

A little bit of a departure from Chef’s this week to play 20 questions with Michael Muser, the Wine Director from the Peninsula Hotel. I worked with Mike at the hotel and learned a tremendous amount not only about wine but also how to make wine work for you in the restaurant from pairings to... Read more »