Every good chef has to start somewhere, usually at the lower end of the food service totem pole. For Nick O'Leary of Coup d'Etat, Borough, and Parlour, that meant working as a 15-year-old busboy at a truck stop near his family's Denmark, Wisconsin farm. See also: Uptown's Coup d'Etat is love at fi ... More >>
A new show on the Food Network, which debuts tonight at 9 p.m. CST, sets it sights on helping new restaurateurs find their perfect first location. On tonight's premiere episode, two would-be Twin Cities restaurateurs take center stage as Food Network's real estate expert, Keith Simpson, helps them f ... More >>
Meatloaf just may be the ultimate comfort food. A longtime American dinner staple, this nostalgic dish has undergone many modern twists. But if you look for it, you can still find meatloaf served up the same way Grandma used to make it 50 years ago. The best meatloaf in the Twin Cities is hard to p ... More >>
The traditional second anniversary gift might be cotton, but Zen Box Izakaya, the lively Japanese restaurant and pub, will be giving ramen! The noodle that inspires all sorts of obsession will be celebrated in several ways. They're shutting down the block, flying in ramen-making celebrity chefs, and ... More >>
Yesterday we brought you the first half of our discussion with Top Chef star Stefan Richter. We talked woodfire jacuzzi's and party pants (catch up here.) Today we hear more about his experience with Bravo's star-making reality show, the Catch 22 of chefdom and whether he and bromantic partner Fabio ... More >>
It's disconcerting to be sipping on an iced coffee at Dunn Brother's and hear a familiar voice, though you've never met the person, call out your name. In this case, the voice belongs to celebrity chef Stefan Richter best known from Bravo TV's Top Chef series (seasons 5 and 10). In town to prom ... More >>
As per usual, the online community has been eagerly awaiting the announcement of who will make the cut for the current round of Bravo TV's Top Chef; a reality TV series that pits chefs from around the country against each other in a variety of culinary challenges in order to win the title of 'Top Ch ... More >>
This Thursday more than 180 restaurants around the Twin Cities will take part in a national fundraiser to help raise money and awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Dining Out for Life is an annual event in which restaurants from across the country donate a portion of their evening's proceeds to ... More >>
In the search for the Twin Cities' best culinary creations, we often come across dishes that stop us mid-bite and force us to reflect on the level of thought and artistry chefs put into their work. The efforts of the chefs are often laborious, and the end results are regularly consumed before the fu ... More >>
Iron Chef, the fast-paced televised cooking competition, was first popularized in Japan in the '90s before making its way to American audiences. Then the remake, Iron Chef America, moved to Food Network's Kitchen Stadium. Next week, the concept gets a local flavor -- quite literally -- at City Pages ... More >>
As contentious debates go, the dispute between Palestine and Israel is right up there near the top. Many lives have been lost and a peace accord has been elusive. It's not a discussion one would expect to be addressed between two chefs, on either side of the divide, aired over social media, but that ... More >>
Here we are, in the glory days of spring, the perfect time for the loveliest of food and drink. We hope you'll also enjoy a few of the week's top stories from the Hot Dish.~It's again time for the Month in Review Find out the latest of restaurant openings, closings, and what's coming soon.~Learn the ... More >>
Last December, the temperamental host of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Guy Fieri, and his crew rolled through Minnesota filming new episodes of their show. One of their stops was Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar in Stillwater. That episode will be airing for the first ti ... More >>
Offering more evidence that Guy Fieri has run out of actual diners, drive-ins, and dives to highlight on his Food Network show, tonight's episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives will feature a Minneapolis institution that couldn't properly be said to fit any of those categories. The Twin Cities have ... More >>
The recipe-swap, dinner-inspiration, and food-porn website Tablespoon, recently announced nominees for the Munchies, their first ever People's Choice-style food and restaurant awards. They're judged by an expert panel that includes hometown star Andrew Zimmern, and the nominees include well-kn ... More >>
Tomorrow morning, local chef Daniel Green will introduce his trademark healthy cuisine to the Butter Princess. No, not Princess Kay of the Milky Way. The other Butter Princess, Paula Deen. Green will appear on Paula's Best Dishes at 9:30 a.m. on the Food Network in an episode titled, "Getting Hea ... More >>
Guy Fieri features Nye's on the Food Network's hit show tonightNye's Polonaise Room is being featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives tonight.The famed local establishment can add tonight's appearance on the Food Network's hit show to a long list of press accolades, including appearances on Good M ... More >>
When former Stillwater resident Molly "Cruise Ship" Brandt, the only contestant on the current season of Top Chef who has Minnesota connections, got eliminated in the qualifying round with her mousseline of shrimp, the Hot Dish had to find a new underdog to root for. While smart money is on domin ... More >>
BravoChef Morgan Wilson may soon be getting his just dessertsMorgan Wilson, a former finalist on the Top Chef: Just Desserts, has been indicted on felony child pornography charges. Wilson appeared on the first season of the reality cooking competition, a spin-off of the popular Top Chef series wh ... More >>
Mike KooimanGuy Fieri responds to this City Pages cover storyGuy Fieri is firing back at this week's City Pages cover story, which chronicled the rise of the Food Network's hit show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and the collapse of Fieri's relationship with its producer, David Page. In a form ... More >>
Food Network host gets raw behind the scenes
Five chefs. Four judges. One secret ingredient.Five of the Twin Cities' best chefs will have to take the heat or get out of the kitchen on Thursday, when City Pages' annual Iron Fork competition gets cooking at International Market Square. You're invited to watch star chefs from Café Levai ... More >>
Can't boil water? Or, worse, left your chicken stock simmering and went to bed, only to be woken up by the sound of fire alarms blaring? Then perhaps you should become one of the 16 contenders on season three of the Food Network's reality show, Worst Cooks in America. Here's what you need ... More >>
There's still time to get your name changed to Dave!Famous Dave's third "Dave's Day" takes place this year on Sunday, August 14, when all customers showing a valid ID with the first name of Dave, David or Davy receive a free entrée (maximum value of $15) at participating locations nationwide ... More >>
BravoWill a MN chef make the cut?Attention, Minnesota chefs, here's a chance to show the world your culinary skills. Bravo is now accepting applications and holding open calls for Top Chef Season 9 and Top Chef: Just Desserts 2.
Double the DeenWhen you hear the Deen name it's only natural to imagine mayonnaise, sour cream, and a hearty Southern giggle. But the eponymous Paula Deen isn't the only one in the kitchen anymore. Her sons, Jamie and Bobby, have their own cooking show (the Food Network's 'Road Tasted'), thei ... More >>
Yesterday we gave Hot Dish readers a chance to win two free tickets to tonight's Iron Fork chef competition by telling us, in five words or less, why they deserve to go. Our winner is Jennifer Lesch for her touching and slightly desperate entry: NEW MOM NEED DATE NIGHT. Jennifer and a guest ... More >>
Food as blood sport. Six of the Twin Cities' top chefs will engage in a culinary shootout tomorrow night at City Pages' annual Iron Fork competition--and you can win a pair of tickets for free. Star chefs from Piccolo, Chef Shack, and Barbette, among others, will show off their skills in a ... More >>
What tops this? Free desserts!Time to frost yourself in buttercream and sprinkle on the jimmies: Fans of the Bravo series Top Chef have been salivating over the arrival of the network's new show, Top Chef Just Desserts, which premieres tonight (11/10 central). In its honor, several Twin Cit ... More >>
Chef Shack could be #1 with your help...Chef Shack, pioneers of the local street food scene, have been nominated one of America's Favorite Food Trucks in the Food Network's contest. Now it's up to the voting public to push one sidewalk vendor over the top. If Chef Shack wins, they'll receive $10, ... More >>
It was a mackeral battle between Saffron Chef Sameh Wadi and Iron Chef Morimoto.
We discussed the dietary habits of cavemen, compared Top 10 lists, and taught you how to make winter cocktails this week. And YOU?
Saffron's Sameh Wadi takes on Iron Chef Morimoto Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. Tune in!
Emily's Lebanese Deli is a famous lunch stop in NE that thankfully, offers a take out service to keep up with the overflow.
Sample dishes from 25 top restaurants at the City Pages event, where chefs from Cosmos, Saffron, Solera and more will be slaving over a hot stove.
Food guru's NYT Mag feature, "Out of the Kitchen, onto the couch," reveals America's three-word diet plan...
Act fast--there are still a few tickets left to tonight's People Serving People fundraising dinner.
In defense of Sandra Lee
Mary Worth stages a triumph of evil with Clive Barker's The History of the Devil