Meat Picks | 3.6.14

Where They Are Now

There’s a fun read in the Trib this morning about what six Chicago chefs (out of a cast of 16) Top Chef contestants from season 9 are doing now, just two short reality TV years later.

CT 3_Top_Chef10.JPGTopping the list is Richie Farina, who returned to Moto after the show and subsequently became their Executive Chef. (Photo by Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune, Feb. 27, 2014)

Of the six, all are still working in the food industry, but not necessarily at the same place or in the same capacities. Most of the chefs give creds to the subsequent door opening ops they had after being on the show.

Don’t Miss the IHHS

The International Home & Housewares Show is just around the corner – it is an expo extravaganza bar none. For those of you who’ve never been, the cornucopia of banner_piccolors and innovation is well worth the effort.

Over 60,000 industry professionals and 20,000+ buyers will be on hand at this year’s show from March 15-18 at McCormick Place. The exhibits will be broken down into four, show-inside-a-show expo hot spots, plus one, for “International Pavilions” – gym shoes, required.

housewaresNaturally, “Dine & Design” is a big attraction – anything that has to do with food always is. Celeb Chefs like, Rick Bayless, Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, Fabio Viviani, Gale Gand and a host of notable others will be at the Cooking Theatre (Gourmet Foods & Specialties in the South Building) dishing up culinary splendor throughout the four day event.

Some of the new products you can expect to see this year, vary from design changes to simple products like, the Floating Mug, to radical new snack foods like the, potato-chip-pretzel-popcorn-caramel-chocolate mix by Funky Chunky (the name alone makes us want to check them out). We’d also like to suggest you stop in and see our new friends at Ergo Chef, read their enlightening story here.

Bearded Update

The finalists for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards will be announced on the last day of the Houseware’s Show, March 18th, at the Fulton Market restaurant. (See the Chicago list of semi-finalists in the February 21st edition of Meat Picks.) Good luck to all in the running!

From the desk of  John Cecala   @BuedelFineMeats   Fan Page   Slideshare

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