Tag: Chicago restaurants

Top Chef Alum Fabio Viviani Reveals His Daily Routine, Diet, and Tips for Mother's Day

“Hello…This is Fabio…Yes, we’re in Chicago today but we gotta go to New York to film this show and then I gotta come back because if I’m not back for Mother’s Day, my wife’s a-gonna kill me.” In the very first breath of our phone call, Chef Fabio Viviani’s energetic personality comes bubbling through. Talk... Read more »

The Best Steakhouse in Chicago is Not What You Think

Steakhouses in Chicago are a dime a dozen. More so, it’s always the same experience—pricey, chain-esque, and usually guaranteed to provide a decent filling meal. Enter Benny’s Chop House… “We’re the only Benny’s in the country,” states Mitchell Schmieding, Director of Operations. Mitchell’s resume reads like a who’s who of the culinary world, including Eleven... Read more »

Eat Dessert. Run Marathons.

That’s what Sarah Mispagel, rising star pastry chef of famed Proxi and Sepia restaurants, does. Known for her fantastic desserts, Sarah embraces her sweet tooth and still manages to live a healthy lifestyle. A runner in last year’s Chicago marathon, Sarah has already signed up for the 2018 race and still eats the way she... Read more »

“You Shouldn’t Get a F*cking Medal for Not Being a Terrible Person” and Other Teachings from Giant’s Award-Winning Chef

Jason Vincent—executive chef and partner of Giant—has had accolades rain down upon him by some of the most notable publications in the business. And yet, in an interview with Thrillist in 2016, he refers to himself by saying, “No one cares what a washed-up chef in a tiny neighborhood joint is doing.” Thrillist agreed to... Read more »

Chicago's Top Ten Most Exceptional Food and Drink of 2017

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from working with Chicago’s best chefs over the last year, it’s that the perfect plate of food consists of three elements: Good ingredients Good technique Good vibes (temperament makes all the difference when cooking) As I ate my way around this great restaurant city of ours this year, it was clear... Read more »

Chicago folks, if you haven’t hit up this BYOB Italian spot yet, you’re dining wrong

Chicagoans will attest that there is no shortage of delicious Italian food in the Windy City. On every corner and from every price point, there’s always an option for handmade pastas (shoutout to the “pasta queen of Chicago” for winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef) or grandma’s bolognaise recipe. And yet, if you... Read more »

Chef Charles Welch on His Road to Honey’s Chicago

“I’m just a sous chef from Chicago…but now I feel like I’m getting there.” Executive Chef and Partner of Honey’s Chicago, Charles Welch, deserves to feel an element of accomplishment as he looks back on his still-young career. His name rose to the top quickly enough. Chef Welch attended culinary school on a whim after... Read more »

I Bet You Didn't Know This About Chef Lee Wolen of Boka...

Rare is the story of a successful reinvention of an established restaurant. And yet, that is exactly the tale that is told about Boka, the first of the Boka Restaurant Group, thanks to Chef Lee Wolen. When Chef Wolen became Chef/Partner at Boka, the restaurant was already 10 years old. In a city like Chicago,... Read more »

Behind Chicago Food: The Writer's Policy Page

Hello and welcome! Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm in Behind Chicago Food. I’m a firm believer of building trust and authenticity as a food writer, which is why I am sharing my post policy. I am a writer, not a reviewer While I am a glutton, forever lusting for sensory pleasures of food and drink, my writing takes... Read more »

Chef Nicole Bayani, Presidio, On Women Working In Chicago Restaurants

Nicole Bayani, Executive Chef of Presidio, grew up in what she describes as “the most suburby-suburb you could live in” in San Diego. Her maternal grandfather, who passed away before she was born, was a professional chef and left her family with a very well-equipped kitchen and an extensive collection of cookbooks. Nicole’s mother had... Read more »