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'Top Chef' Chris Cosentino's TSA Surprise

November 12, 2012 at 2:49 PM | by | ()

Who says TSA agents aren't friendly? Top Chef Masters' Chris Cosentino got a surprise to the contrary this weekend after checking a box at JFK.

When he picked up the box after his flight, he found the following handwritten note on it:

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Top Chef's Chef'testants Hit the Road for 'Top Chef: The Tour 2012'

April 12, 2012 at 3:13 PM | by | ()

Bravo is bringing one of its hit shows on the road again with the annual "Top Chef: The Tour".

The 15-city tour will kick off in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, May 17 and feature a live show-down between two former Top Chef chef'testants in front of fans and a panel of local judges.

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Score! Rick Bayless' Airport Tortas Make Their Way to Downtown Chicago

March 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

Even when we’re away from the airport we often find ourselves longing for one of those Rick Bayless sandwiches for lunch, and now it looks like our lunchtime dreams might just become reality. You already know that Rick Bayless and his crew serve up some of the best tortas in the airport, and now the Mexican sandwiches are available without a trip through the metal detector.

We’re hoping that this is just the first of many locations, but the celeb chef has now brought Tortas Frontera into the Windy City. The restaurant popped up last week inside Urban Market of Chase Tower in downtown Chicago, so now hungry office workers can depart their cubicles to satisfy their lunchtime cravings. If you’re going to check it out today—can we come?—it’s located in the Loop at 10 South Dearborn Street.

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Cat Cora's Second Airport Restaurant is Now Cooking at Houston-IAH

December 22, 2011 at 8:40 AM | by | ()

If you’re looking for a great layover lunch—or dinner—during your holiday travels be sure to check out one of the latest options at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

Iron Chef star and all around celeb chef Cat Cora recently opened up a new restaurant in Terminal E at IAH—it’s near E10. Cat Cora’s Kitchen is intended to actually provide you with an enjoyable airport meal, and if travelers like this new outpost as much as the version out in SFOcheck out the Yelp reviews—this should be quite an addition to the airport.

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Even the Saucier on the 'Queen Victoria' is a Gordon Ramsay-Trained Gourmand

July 20, 2011 at 3:10 PM | by | ()

When you think about the people who make a cruise ship run, who comes to mind? The captain...maybe the head chef and cruise director, right? Well, with about 1,000 crew onboard Cunard's Queen Victoria, there's so many others in the shadows, all responsible for making your vacation an awesome one. And over these two weeks, we'd like to introduce you to them.

Last week we gave you exclusive peeks into the (somewhat) secret lives of a ship's officer, a "gentleman dance host," the ship's acupuncturist and its actual doctor. Now we're headed into the kitchens with Roberto, the Queen Victoria's Chef de Partie in charge of sauces.

He's just back from a month-long vacation to Bali, where he slept in an overwater bungalow and dined on fresh meals prepared in the rice fields. He's Roberto, and believe it or not, he's the chef in charge of making all the sauces for meals onboard the Queen Victoria, in the Brittania restaurant.

Oh, but it gets better. Roberto is not only a dashing English man of Italian and South African heritage who cuts a fine figure in his tall chef's hat; he's also a Gordon Ramsay-trained chef, with a CV that includes Ramsay's restaurant at Claridge's in London. And like many Londoners, Roberto feels a connection with New York, specifically with Thomas Keller's Michelin four-starred restaurant Per Se, where he comes to dine (and tour the kitchen) almost every time the QV docks in NYC.

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How to Get Tickets to the New York Wine and Food Festival

June 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM | by | ()

Mmm food festivals. When it comes to the best events in the USA for wining and dining here, there and everywhere, the NYC Wine and Food Fest totally ranks high enough to get people all in a tizzy over it. The event, which brings together the best chefs and restauranteurs (and those who love them) for around 200 mini-events, happening all over the city, all weekend long. For 2011, the dates you need to know are September 29 - October 2, and tickets have just gone on sale.

Ranging in price from $20 to $500, the tickets aren't just to make The Food Network or Food & Wine magazine richer. 100% of proceeds go to charity, so it shouldn't be too hard to justify dropping that $500 to attend a dinner honoring His Royal Highness Prince Robert of Luxembourg and Jacques Pépin. To gauge how quickly certain events are selling out, here's a nice page with little pie charts illustrating just that.

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We'd Plan A Layover at ORD Just to Score a Rick Bayless Torta

March 31, 2011 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

We knew celebrity chef Rick Bayless had arrived at Chicago-O’Hare, but only recently did we get to indulge in his latest offerings. We expected to rush through the airport in order to make our connection—but thanks to a flight delay—we were able to take in a little airport lunch. After trying Tortas Frontera, we were actually glad our flight was less than on-time.

The quick service restaurant is located in Terminal 1, so if you’re flying on United—a great possibility if you're heading through ORD—you’re all set. Otherwise, it might just be a little bit of a walk.

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How to Win Tickets to the Infamous 'Top Chef' 'Restaurant Wars' Episode

March 16, 2011 at 9:23 AM | by | ()

Top Chef groupies can get a coveted seat at the dinner table for season nine's "Restaurant Wars" episode. And as any true TC fan worth his weight in foie gras can tell you, "Restaurant Wars" is always the single most exciting, drama-filled show.

If you're hungry to see next season's cheftestants up close; taste their dishes; meet Padma, Tom Colliccio and the guest judges; and get some face time on camera, you can bid for a table for two, donated by Padma, through a charity auction that benefits the Endometriosis Foundation of America. When we last checked, the bid was up to $6,600.

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Celeb Chef Ludo Lefebvre Might Start Cooking His Finger-Lickin Chicken in LAX

March 10, 2011 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

As if Top Chef Masters bad boy Ludo Lefebvre weren't busy enough with his new Sundance Channel travel-cooking show, highly sought-after pop-up restaurant LudoBites and popular L.A. food truck LudoTruck, the chef might be bringing a new eatery to LAX.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Los Angeles International Airport is considering letting Lefebvre open a chicken shack in Terminal 4.

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Rebel Chef Ludo Lefebvre to Travel the USA in New Sundance Channel Reality Show

March 3, 2011 at 10:51 AM | by | ()

Attempting to reserve a table at Chef Ludo Lefebvre's pop-up venture, LudoBites, is tantamount to trying to score impossible concert tickets. Los Angeles foodies clamour like groupies for the chance to try Lefebvre's experimental dishes, with a collective of super-fans having gone so far as to dub themselves "Ludo Bitches" and set up a website in homage to the tattooed impresario.

Lefebvre, who has previously appeared on Top Chef Masters and Hell's Kitchen, recently landed a series deal with the Sundance Channel, who've commissioned a show based on his popular pop-up restaurant. According to Eater LA, the show will follow fiery Lefebvre and wife/business partner Krissy (who you may recognize from The Apprentice) as they travel from coast-to-coast, "take over an existing restaurant that doesn't do dinner" and, in rapid reality show turnaround, "hire the staff, source the ingredients, and open a one-night only pop-up restaurant."

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Five Places to Chow Down During Chicago Restaurant Week

February 4, 2011 at 9:36 AM | by | ()

While Chicagoans are coming out of hibernation after the crazy Chizzard earlier this week, Chicago Restaurant Week will get them—and the tourists—out and chowing down all over the city from February 18 to 27. More than 200 restaurants will participate, offering prix fixe lunches for $22 and dinners for $33 or $44.

See the full list of participating restaurants here, and get booking--reservations are open!

Check out our top five Restaurant Week picks this way:

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Chicago's O'Hare is Slowly Becoming Quite the Foodie Airport

January 20, 2011 at 12:41 PM | by | ()

ORD is really making quite the airport food court, with offerings from beloved local eateries like Berghoff Cafe, Billy Goat Tavern and Grill, Garrett Popcorn, Vosges Haut-Chocolat and Goose Island Brewing Company. But it just upped its game with the recent opening of Rick Bayless' Tortas Frontera in Terminal 1 with another eatery coming for Terminal 3.

The "Top Chef Master," whose trademark is gourmet Mexican eats, will have from-scratch tortas as the menu star. Travelers can also partake in breakfast molletes (open-faced sammies), soups, salads, a yogurt bar, a make-your-own guacamole bar and freshly made margaritas.

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