WBEZ | chefs http://www.wbez.org/tags/chefs Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en New service brings chefs into diners’ homes http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/new-service-brings-chefs-diners%E2%80%99-homes-108030 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/hotinthekitchen(1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-1d6a44c3-cee8-02f0-972d-8c829a342bf2">A new online service will allow Chicagoans to hire local chefs to prepare a meal in their kitchen.</p><p dir="ltr">The Chicago branch of <a href="http://www.kitchensurfing.com/chicago">Kitchensurfing</a> recently launched its website, which offers a list of 47 chefs who will pick up the groceries, cook a meal of the diner&rsquo;s choice and even clean up.</p><p dir="ltr">The company joins a growing number of businesses in Chicago that bring chefs to unusual places, from <a href="http://www.wbez.org/dolinsky/2010/01/are-you-on-the-guest-list-underground-dinners-gain-foothold-in-chicago/11822">underground supper clubs</a> to companies that offer similar services such as weekly meals made in the diner&rsquo;s home. Some offer in-home cooking lessons.</p><p dir="ltr">Kitchensurfing&rsquo;s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Chris Muscarella said his business &nbsp;started in New York and expects to do well in Chicago&rsquo;s foodie culture.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;People entertain more at home here than they do in a place like they do in New York, where people have smaller spaces,&rdquo; Muscarella said. &ldquo;But they also really enjoy dining and food (as) witnessed by the burgeoning restaurant scene in Chicago.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Muscarella said the company plans to add more chefs to its roster.</p><p><em>Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/jclee89" target="_blank">@jclee89</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/new-service-brings-chefs-diners%E2%80%99-homes-108030 Chicago chefs on the move http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/chicago-chefs-move <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/bryan_enyart.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="482" width="400" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-12/Bryan Enyart.jpg" title="Bryan Enyart" alt="" /></p><p>January is supposed to be the slowest time of the year in the restaurant business, but from the number of chef moves recently, it's turning out to be a great time to put in your two weeks' notice.</p><p>As Kevin Pang reported yesterday in <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/thestew/2011/01/brian-enyart-leaving-topolobampo-rick-bayless-empire.html">The Stew</a>, <a href="http://www.rickbayless.com/about/">Rick Bayless</a>' right hand man - <a href="http://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/staff.html">Brian Enyart</a> - announced he'll be leaving <a href="http://www.fronterakitchens.com/restaurants/restaurants.html">Topolobampo</a> this Spring. &nbsp;Enyart, 33, (pictured above) started at <a href="http://www.fronterakitchens.com/restaurants/restaurants.html">Frontera Grill/Topolo</a> as a pastry chef in 1997, then moved through the ranks and into the Chef de Cuisine position in 2007.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="600" width="400" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-12/Chris curren.jpg" title="Chris Curren" alt="" /></p><p>Same day, different chef. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.blue13chicago.com/">Blu 13's</a> <a href="http://www.elatechicago.com/chrisCurren.html">Chris Curren</a>&nbsp;(pictured, above) will now wear two hats: one will be as Executive Chef at <a href="http://www.elatechicago.com">Elate</a>, inside the Hotel Felix; the other will remain at Blu 13, where he'll oversee the menu. No word on whether the former's rock &amp; roll vibe will be shifted over to the latter, but the tired menu at Elate could use some new life.</p><p>And now that <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago.../Three-Questions-for-Todd-Stein-of-The- Florentine/">Todd Stein</a> has settled into his new role over <a href="http://www.jwmarriottchicago.com/Chicago-Restaurants/The-Florentine-24.html">The Florentine</a>, taking his squid ink pasta with him to the new JW Marriot, <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Dish/.../The-New-Chef-at-Cibo-Matto/">Evan Percoco</a> takes over the helm at <a href="http://www.thewithotel.com/the-attractions/cibo-matto.cfm">Cibo Matto</a> inside the Wit (what is it with the high-profile hotel restaurants lack of continuity? Kind of makes you wonder how <a href="http://www.starchefs.com/features/women/html/bio_stegner.shtml">Sarah Stegner</a> was able to do it all at <a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/chicagorc/dining/">The Dining Room</a> at the Ritz for 20 years).</p><p>So much for a slow January...</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/chicago-chefs-move Need A New Kitchen? Casting call wants you! http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/need-new-kitchen-casting-call-wants-you <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="468" width="350" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//corner-of-the-kitchen-fooferkitten-flickr.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-19099" /> <br /><em>Photo by Fooferkitten via Flickr</em></p><p>A colleague of mine is working on a new series for A &amp; E, part cooking and part design-related. Here's the show in a nutshell: they're going&sbquo;&nbsp;to surprise a frustrated gourmet - someone who has a&sbquo;&nbsp;real&sbquo;&nbsp;passion for cooking but is trapped in an&sbquo;&nbsp;awful&sbquo;&nbsp;kitchen - with a brand new one. There are a couple of other surprises along the way - which&sbquo;&nbsp;they can't divulge - that will make it a real treat for a true foodie/amateur gourmet. They are currently booking 6 episodes, one of which will be shot in Chicago.</p><p>Here's the official casting call: </p><p><strong>CASTING NEW KITCHEN MAKEOVER SHOW - FREE KITCHEN!</strong> </p><p>Do you have a friend or loved one who has a real passion for all things food -eating, restaurants, chefs, and especially cooking - but is trapped in an outdated, nonfunctional and really ugly kitchen? Now's your chance to nominate him/her to receive a kitchen worthy of a gourmet chef for free! We are currently casting dynamic homeowners who <em>love </em>to cook but are in <em>desperate </em>need of a completely new kitchen. We're also looking for you...our accomplice in this mission. If selected, you would help our team install a state-of-the-art kitchen for the frustrated foodie in your life. If you're interested in nominating a cook and being a part of our exciting new show, please email us the following information:</p><ol> <li>Your name, address, phone number, occupation, age and relationship to nominee</li> <li>Your nominee's name, address, occupation and age</li> <li>Photo of you (2 pictures max)</li> <li>Photo of nominee (2 pictures max)</li> <li>Photos of the nominee's kitchen (3 pictures max)</li> <li>Tell us why you are nominating this person.&sbquo;&nbsp; We want to hear about his/her love of cooking - favorite type of food to cook, favorite restaurants, favorite chefs - and what she/he doesn't like about their current kitchen.&sbquo;&nbsp; The more personality/detail the better!</li> </ol><p>Only submissions including all of the above will be considered. Our email address is kitchenmakeovershow@gmail.com. We will be shooting in NYC, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Haven, Washington D.C. and Chicago. Be sure to put the name of your CITY in the subject line. </p><p>ACT NOW. We're casting the series IMMEDIATELY! </p><p>So good luck, and hey, if you or your friend get the new kitchen, you have to invite me over for the premiere dinner!</p></p> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 10:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/need-new-kitchen-casting-call-wants-you