Celebrity Chefs

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    August 28, 2014
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    January 15, 2014

    Help Alton Brown Find the Mystery St. Louis-Style Pizza that Stole His Heart

    Live music, large-scale food experiments, colorful puppets and even stand-up comedy make up Alton Brown Live!: the Edible Inevitable Tour, is set to hit the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111) on Saturday, February 1. The production comes from Peabody and James Beard award-winning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Loving Las Vegas and MSG: A Q & A with Qui Tran of Mai Lee

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Read part one, a profile of Tran, here. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-645-2835) isn't simply a job for chef Qui Tran. It's his legacy. His ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Espinos Mexican Bar and Grill on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tonight

    Guy Fieri didn't visit every restaurant in St. Louis when he was in town this past June. It only feels like it. Yes, the spiky-haired one's march through the metro area continues on tonight's first-run episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives ("Turn on Traditional"), which features a visit to Espinos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Dressel's Was on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Last Night (Whoops)

    Despite spending way too much time on the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives page of the Food Network website, charting the path that Guy Fieri cut through St. Louis earlier this year, I somehow missed that last night's new episode -- "Pubs and Grub" -- included Dressel's (419 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Tidbits: Balaban's Expands, Craft Chophouse in Edwardsville

    - Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) has announced a 2,046-square-foot expansion. The new space will include a private-event space and a wine room. Business at the existing restaurant-slash-wine shop-slash-deli will go on as usual during work on the ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Celebrity Chef Tour at Sidney Street Café on April 16

    ​Kevin Nashan is excited. OK, so, this probably won't surprise anyone who knows the owner and chef of Sidney Street Café (2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777). Better to say Kevin Nashan is really excited. Better yet to let him say it. "I'm really excited about everything that's going on" in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Jason Tilford of Milagro Modern Mexican, Part 2

    This is part two of Stacy Anderson's Chef's Choice profile of Jason Tilford of Milagro Modern Mexican. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Johnson, is published here. Did your family cook when you were a child? My mother cooked every night. She was a great cook and still is. Eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Update: Six Buttery Recipes for the Holidays​Update: A Norwegian blogger named Tommy recently posted a vlog where he expressed disgust at Americans who've been taking the crisis lightly. We're also pretty sure he calls us fat, and he mentions something about Norwegians eating cats. Check out the video after t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    "A Krampus Carol": What You Won't See on Anthony Bourdain's Holiday Special

    Krampus, as imagined by Anthony Bourdain​Tonight the Travel Channel will air the annual holiday special episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. No doubt it will contain all manner of holiday-themed debauchery. However, it won't contain "A Krampus Carol," Bourdain's twisted animated telling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending November 20, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. It took a month, but The Year of the St. Louis C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    The Five Worst Stuffing Recipes

    WARNING: This post contains the words "Paula Deen" and "lumpy corn dog." ​While shopping malls and radio stations are already gearing up for Christmas, we at Gut Check are patiently awaiting the beloved return of Thanksgiving. Gorging on Halloween candy was a good warm-up for the the inevitable st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Think About What You're About to Eat From Big Lots

    Think. Think about what you're about to eat from Big Lots.​Times are tough. No doubt about that. The economic free fall explains why there's a new discount or closeout store every single half-block. While it might be tempting to purchase reduced-price food along with off-brand electronics, De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Shocking Photo of Guy Fieri Emerges

    This gesture is OK.​So we've been a little obsessed with Guy Fieri the past couple of weeks, thanks to the feature story about former Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives producer David Page in our sister paper City Pages. The latest embarrassing revelation about the spiky-haired superstar chef isn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Guy Fieri-City Pages Brouhaha Continues, @DadBoner Weighs In

    ​To review: Our sister paper City Pages published a profile of former Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives producer David Page that painted star Guy Fieri in a less than flattering light. Though both Fieri and the Food Network refused comment to writer Gregory Pratt, after the article's publication Fieri's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Has "Ruth Bourdain" Been Unmasked?

    ​(Warning: This post contains spoilers. Food-media inside baseball, too. You've been warned.)For more than a year now, the parody Twitter account of Ruth Bourdain has delighted -- and grossed out -- the food world with his/her mash-up of the haiku-like tweets of former New York Times restaurant cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: October 7-9

    Friday (Oct. 7): Soulard Oktoberfest @ Lyon Park This annual event features plenty of chow and booze -- approximately 2,000 kegs of it. Admission is $5 each day, but dress in lederhosen or dirndl and get in free! Friday, Oct. 7 from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 9.19 - 9.25

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Rhubarb and Honey: Kimberly made her own version of pork and beans. Veg St. Louis: Lois compiled a list of her favorite veggie burgers in St. Louis. A Veggie Venture: Alanna made a beet salad with yogurt and pita.

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    A Peach, a Tomato and a Fine Rosy Mist

    Welcome to Read This Now, a recurring feature in which Gut Check recommends books, longer articles and other material worth an investment of your time.​Lucky Peach is a new quarterly food magazine founded by Momofuku chef David Chang and food writer Peter Meehan and published by McSweeney's. The n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Look, Dad, you actually can get ahead in life if you have stupid-looking hair.​Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending May 29, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    35 Things to Do Instead of Attending the Guy Fieri Food Tour

    ​Sunday Food Network "personality" and "chef" Guy Fieri brings his Guy Fieri Food Tour to the Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL. The event is a rock & roll celebration of all things Guy, and each evening culminates with the spiky-haired, backwards-sunglasses-wearing, sold-out-to-the-Natio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Arby's Flash Mob Turns Spontaneous Joy Into Marketing

    Ah, Corporate America. Once again you've taken something good and pure, created by the people, and turned it into a bland advertisement for bad food. Last week a well-choreographed flash mob infested Times Square to do a "spontaneous" dance routine to an Arby's commercial broadcast on a giant scre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Eat Your Way Out of the Snow: Seven Snow-Based Recipes

    Did you scoff at the storm warnings, shun the overcrowded grocery stores, and post insults on Twitter about just how stupid it is to panic at the impending snowmaggedeon/pocolypse/MG? And do you now find yourself snowbound and eying your dog because he's looking mighty tasty? Don't panic! And plea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Nobody Doesn't Like I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!

    ​Just last week Gut Check chewed the fat with celeb chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter Restaurant in Manhattan. Guarnaschelli had popped into St. Louis as part of a promotion to help kids eat better, on behalf of that paragon of healthy-eating, Sara Lee. The schtick was that Guarnaschelli was g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Kanye West's New Food Lyrics

    Screenshot:​For several weeks now, Kanye West's new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, has been playing nonstop at Gut Check International Headquarters. So we were excited to discover, via Grub Street, No One Man Should Have All That Flour, which po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    The Only Diet Aid You'll Need in 2011

    Here, via a colleague, is a video of Guy Fieri eating. And eating. And eating some more.

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Video: Food Network Stars Show Off Their O (This Dish Is Tasty) Faces

    Grub Street, the food blog of New York magazine, put together a video montage of various Food Network celebrities reacting to just how damn delicious their dishes are. A similar video, featuring only Giada De Laurentiis, floated around the Internet a few months ago. The technical problem that kept o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    South Park Mocks Food Network, Foodies, You

    This week's episode of South Park ruthlessly mocked Food Network, celebrity chefs, foodies and, most likely, you (and me). At any rate, I could post any number of scenes, but I think this might be my favorite.Because this is South Park, though the truly NSFW language is bleeped, you should use prope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Vegan Meals Not Accecptable Substitute for Kosher Fair in Indiana Prisons

    Court tells Indiana prison to keep it kosher. The Jewish Chronicle reports that an Orthodox Jewish inmate at Indiana's Miami Correctional Facility has successfully sued the state to bring back kosher meals. The prison stopped serving kosher meals last year, instead providing a vegan option to cut co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 9.22

    China's food-safety head steps down as the melamine-tainted infant formula crisis widens: Over 53,000 have been sickened. (CNN) In Japan, the agriculture minister steps down after a scandal over contaminated rice. (AP) A look at the new PBS series featuring Mario Batali, Mark Bittman and Gwyneth P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    Jacques Pepin in St. Louis October 15

    Left Bank Books is hosting renowned chef and author Jacques Pepin at COCA (524 Trinity Avenue) on Wednesday, October 15, at 7 p.m. According to the Left Bank Web site, you can receive two tickets to the event by purchasing Pepin's new book, More Fast Food My Way, at the store. - Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 9.2

    The USDA is within its rights to prevent meatpackers from testing cattle for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court rules. (Reuters) Russia bans poultry imports from several U.S. producers, ostensibly because of safety concerns. (New York Times) Last week it was Gordon Ramsay vs. Paul McCartney. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 8.29

    The president of Maple Leaf Foods says his company, not government inspectors, should shoulder the blame for the fatal listeriosis outbreak. (National Post) Remember the salmonella outbreak? Apparently, it's over. Eat your peppers freely. (Bloomberg) Gordon Ramsay vs. Paul McCartney in a steel-cag ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 16, 2008
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    July 9, 2008

    Hell's Kitchen: The Season Four Finale

    You probably already know who won last night's season finale of Hell's Kitchen. Jeanette Kozlowski tells you how it went down. 8:02 p.m. You can barely hear the person next to you at Revival, where Christina and about 100 of her friends and family have gathered to find out whether she will flown LA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Hell's Kitchen: Episode 11

    Jeanette Kozlowski returns to review the new season of Hell's Kitchen, starring her favorite bad-boy chef, Gordon Ramsay. 8:03 p.m. Now that we are finally rid of Matt's trail of tears, the hate focus zeros in on bossy, bossy Jen. Even Corey and Christina whisper across the bedroom about the unpopu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2008

    This Week's Poll: Celebrity Chefs

    Bumped: Don't forget to vote! A fantasy question this week: Which celebrity chef would you most want to open a restaurant in St. Louis. I came up with the list more or less off the top of my head, so feel free to vote for someone else under "Other" -- there's a text field right below the choice. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2008

    Why Does Dunkin' Donuts Hate America?

    This is so freakin' stupid it deserves its own post: Dunkin' Donuts is pulling a new ad featuring Rachael Ray because some right-wing nut jobs believe it somehow shows support for terrorists. ( -Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2008

    Hell's Kitchen: Episode 6

    Jeanette Kozlowski returns to review the new season of Hell's Kitchen, starring her favorite bad-boy chef, Gordon Ramsay. 8:03 p.m. The big question this week: Can the guys finally get it together? Their mounting issues have become almost as painful as Vanessa's injury and unexpected departure last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008

    Hell's Kitchen: Episode 5

    Jeanette Kozlowski returns to review the new season of Hell's Kitchen, starring her favorite bad-boy chef, Gordon Ramsay. 8:04 p.m. As much as I enjoy Gordon Ramsay and Hell's Kitchen, I'm not very pleased with it usurping House's post-American Idol slot. And, by the way, if you missed American Ido ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 3.31

    The recall of salmonella-tainted cantaloupe continues to expand. (UPI) Recent history indicates that if the U.S. does enter a recession, restaurants will fare better than you might think. (New York Times) The cost of the Westland/Hallmark meat recall is still being calculated. (USA Today) Another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2008

    Review Preview: The Original Pancake House

    I don't doubt there is a circle of Hell reserved for restaurant critics, and I'm reasonably certain it looks like the long stretch of Chesterfield Airport Road at the Boone's Crossing interchange of Highway 40. We'd be forced to waddle from chain restaurant to chain restaurant, condemned to an etern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Restaurant Tidbit: SLeeK

    Look for a March opening for SLeeK, the upscale steak house from Hubert Keller at Lumiere Place. That's what the person who answered the phone at SLeeK told me. Keller's Burger Bar opened in December. -Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2008

    A Few Thoughts on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations Monday was the season premiere of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations on the Travel Channel. As I wrote then, this is probably my favorite food-related show ever. I considered recapping each episode, as Jeanette did with Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, but given my wacky schedul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2007

    Restaurant Tidbits: Sleek & The Burger Bar

    So I heard a radio commercial the other day announcing that the grand opening of the casino at Lumiere Place would be Wednesday, December 19. Which led me to wonder when the first two restaurants -- the steak house Sleek and the Burger Bar, both from Hubert Keller -- would open. The Lumiere Place We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2007

    Michael Ruhlman at Viking Thursday

    God among food writers Michael Ruhlman will be hosting a discussion and demonstration promoting his new book The Elements of Cooking at the Viking Cooking School (1811 South Brentwood Boulevard). The event runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, and the cost is $69.99 per person. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007

    Gut Check Gets Hitched

    All right, loyal readers, I'm outta here for a whirlwind 48 hours of last-minute details and then a week of margaritas, more margaritas and, one presumes, something to eat. I leave you in the more than capable hands of Jeanette Kozlowski, who has been doing a fine job keeping us all up to date on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2007

    Monday Morning Silliness

    It's a long week. You need to laugh early and often. Click here to see Anthony Bourdain's nightmare menu of overrated food trends. (Radar) -Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2007

    Molto Mario?

    Now both Mario Batali and the Food Network are denying yesterday's report that Batali has been canned. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel) -Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 9/5

    I wake up every Wednesday knowing that there will be several good stories in the New York Times, which publishes its dining section today. But this morning there's a bonanza of good stuff from all over the place. Those idiots at the Food Network have dumped Mario Batali. That ... More >>

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