Chefs & Restaurants

Interviews with professional chefs and restaurateurs

Donnie Madia: The Art of Collaboration

By kitchenchat | September 26, 2018

“No one person is bigger than the whole.”  Those were the wise words once whispered into Donnie Madia’s ears by one of his business partners, and this saying has become a key element to his long-standing success in Chicago’s culinary scene.  He typifies the art of collaboration. With twelve restaurants in the One Off Hospitality family,…

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Myron Mixon: The Winningest Man in Barbecue

By kitchenchat | August 28, 2018

Myron Mixon is the “Winningest” Man in Barbecue.  He has won the World Championship four times and even has a Barbecue “Super Bowl” ring!  His cookbook Barbecue Rules will help the home pit masters perfect their skills. Recently, Mixon had a KITCHEN CHAT in the Viking and La Cornue Showroom with Margaret McSweeney and Chef…

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Iron Chef Stephanie Izard: A Culinary Trailblazer

By kitchenchat | August 19, 2018

Chef Stephanie Izard is a culinary trailblazer. She is the first female Iron Chef and the first female Top Chef and is a highly acclaimed restaurateur with her partners from Boka Restaurant Group.  Her Chicago restaurants include: Girl and the Goat, Little Goat Diner, and Duck, Duck Goat And she will be opening up another Girl and the…

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The 2018 James Beard Awards

By kitchenchat | July 24, 2018

What an honor for Kitchen Chat to once again be on the Red Carpet at the James Beard Awards to capture the excitement and stories of the nominees and participants.  Thank you Chef Jaime Laurita, brand ambassador for Viking, for being my co-host. Highlights of the evening included meeting two icons:  Chef Jose Andres, recipient…

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Kevin Boehm and The Boka Restaurant Group

By kitchenchat | June 18, 2018

“Chicago is a choice for me.  When I had a six table restaurant in the Florida Pan Handle in 1993, my dream always was that maybe some day I’ll be able to have a restaurant in Chicago and sit down with the smartest restaurant people around.” Kevin Boehm, co-founder of Boka Restaurant Group At age…

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Christopher Kimball: The Maestro of Big Flavor

By kitchenchat | May 29, 2018

“An amalgam of styles around the world – that’s what’s going to happen in the home kitchen. It has already started. If you begin with big flavor then you end with big flavor… It’s transformative.”  Christopher Kimball, founder of America’s Test Kitchen and Milk Street Christopher Kimball’s culinary journey began in childhood when he made…

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Korean BBQ with Chef Bill Kim

By kitchenchat | April 20, 2018

“There are differences but there’s more commonality in ethnic groups.  I try to find the common denominator of  ingredients in different cultures and apply it to what I do.”  Chef Bill Kim, UrbanBelly Recently, Chef Jaime Laurita and I had a kitchen chat in the Viking and La Cornue Showroom in Chicago with Chef Bill…

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Ina Pinkney Denise Vivaldo

Empowering Women: Ina Pinkney and Denise Vivaldo

By kitchenchat | February 13, 2018

Ina Pinkney and Denise Vivaldo share their wit and wisdom while helping to empower women in the culinary industry.  These two are indeed a Dynamic Duo.  Ina Pinkney aka the “Breakfast Queen” is an iconic culinary leader, a former restaurateur, cookbook author, and a recipient of SBA Woman in Business Champion, and Denise Vivaldo is…

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Art of the Pie Kate McDermott

The Art of the Pie with Kate McDermott

By kitchenchat | December 29, 2017

Ready to make the holidays easy as pie?  Kate McDermott, author of The Art of the Pie shares the secrets of making a successful and delicious pie. Recently, I interviewed this pie expert at Les Dames d’Escoffier Conference. McDermott’s first advice is to keep everything chill – including yourself.  Butter actually starts melting at 59 degrees,…

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Chef Darren McGrady

The Royal Chef Darren McGrady

By kitchenchat | November 28, 2017

  Are you ready to cook, eat and entertain royalty?  The Royal Chef Darren McGrady shares recipes from Buckingham Palace and his home in Dallas.  As personal chef to Queen Elizabeth and the royal family for eleven years and to Princess Diana for four years, Chef McGrady has prepared feasts and comfort food for all…

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What’s Gaby Cooking

Everyone on Instagram always asks @WhatsGabyCookin. Gaby Dalkin is the Pied Piper of the culinary world.  Gaby’s enthusiasm, encouragement, recipes and authenticity help her followers become even better home chefs all while having…

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