Did You Know?

Fun post today recapping some great chef goings-on via Instagram recently that haven’t made it to the blog. But, they are so worthy! Here they are:

Did you know–

Chef Rick Bayless took home the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Restaurant” in the nation award! Yep, he sure did–for his Chicago-area innovative Mexican cuisine restaurant “Topolobampo” on North Clark Street. http://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/topolobampo/
Check out his Insta of the exciting evening: https://www.instagram.com/p/BTmB34hg0Bx/?taken-by=rick_bayless&hl=en

And not to be outdone, another Chicago-area chef, Sarah Grueneberg, took home the Beard prize for “Best Chef: Great Lakes.” that night for her work at “Monteverde” in the West Loop neighborhood http://monteverdechicago.com/ You may have seen Sarah recently on “Iron Chef Gauntlet,” when she came in second place, almost garnering that distinguished title. Here’s a fun pic from her Insta of the Beard festivities: https://www.instagram.com/p/BTroDXplOjl/?taken-by=chefsarahjayne&hl=en

Have you been watching Chef Aaron Sanchez on the new season of “MasterChef” on Fox? He’s a judge, along with Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi. Aaron brings a much-needed Latin flavor and flair to the judging. He says he’s enjoying imparting his knowledge to the 40-some contestants! https://www.instagram.com/p/BVoGMmaHW3W/?taken-by=chef_aaronsanchez&hl=en

And finally, did you know, Cat Cora has opened a new restaurant in NYC? Yep, it’s called “Fatbird Southern Kitchen and Bar” https://fatbird.com/ and sits on the corner of 9th Avenue in the meat-packing district. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Chef Cora always brings the Southern flair! See her great historical photo of the building before and then after as “Fatbird.” https://www.instagram.com/p/BVklnP5Afp9/?taken-by=catcora&hl=en