News of the Week: Friday, May 25th 2007
Top Chef will be back on Bravo on June 13th. This season will be based in Miami, and will be spicing things up with an additional judge. Ted Allen, food guru from Queer Eye, will be joining the panel for the entire season. Hopefully they will also still include the guest judge each episode like they did last season. A 5 person judging panel would be cool.
Also, the hour long "Top Chef: 4-Star All-Stars" (Wednesday, June 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT) reunites four of the finalists from season’s one and two - team one’s inaugural winner Harold Dieterle, Stephen Asprinio, Tiffani Faison, and Dave Martin compete against season two’s winner Ilan Hall, Fan Favorite Sam Talbot, Elia Aboumrad, and molecular gastronomist Marcel Vigneron in a $20,000 cook-off for charity. The cook-off concludes with the two teams serving their meals to “Top Chef 3 Miami’s” 15 new chefs.
After looking briefly at the bios, my money for the Top Chef: Miami winner is on Lia, Hung or Tre (giving the advantage to Hung). One of the first to go down: Sara M.
Some quick news about some of the local chefs.
Zac Clemetson is moving to Colorado and will be leaving Marks Bistro in Dundee in just over a month.
Reed Empson, of M's Pub, will be the new chef at Jack Binion's Steak House in Council Bluffs. Empson has been with M's Pub for seven years and previously worked at Vivace and Jams.
Clayton Chapman joins V Mertz. Chapman hails from Tru Restaurant in Chicago. He will be in charge of creating a tasting menu available in mid June. We'll see how much he picked up in his 18 months at Tru.
The Omaha World-Herald had a review on the book "150 Things to Make With Roast Chicken" this past week. Just thought this was interesting because I got my copy the day before this review was published. Cool coincidence. Hopefully I'll get a chance to try out several of the recipes and have my own review up in a couple of months. We'll see how well this book helps me in my quest to cook more often.
Cookbook Showcase: Enjoy roasted chicken, then repeat
Can a city have too many brew pubs? Probably not, and I think Omaha is far from saturated.
A new brew pub should hopefully be opening up in Papillion later this fall. The Nebraska Brewing Co. will tentatively be opening this October in the new Shadow Lake Towne Center at 72nd & Hwy 370. The owners, Kim & Paul Kavulak have been home brewing for about 15 years and have won several awards.
In the mean time, don't forget to visit your local brewpub and share your thoughts for the upcoming Session #4: Local Brews Event.