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"Top Chef: Chicago" Breaks a Few Eggs

by Matt B on May 28th, 2008

This season of the Bravo Network's Top Chef was filmed here in Chicago, exposing competing chefs from all over the country to all the culinary treats the Windy City has to offer.

eggsDuring the last Quickfire Challenge, the competitors took turns working a short-order line at the egg station of Lou Mitchell's during the incredibly busy breakfast hours. Eggs can be tricky enough to cook well, but the chefs also had to deal with a small cooking space, keep track of multiple orders, and interpret the foreign diner lingo.

Lou Mitchell's has been well-known for its breakfasts for the past 80 years. This Chicago classic serves up great diner food with a neighborhood charm not commonly found in the downtown Loop. For more on this local favorite, check out my blog entry here.

table settingThe Elimination Challenge brought back a contestant- and viewer-favorite, the 'Restaurant Wars.' The chefs divided into two teams of three, and each team opened up a faux restaurant. They were responsible for decorating their spaces and putting together a dinner service (for 35 guests), consisting of three courses with two selections for each course. The winner received a trip for two to Spain, including a guided wine tour.

If you want a 'war' in Chicago, all you have to do is ask a couple of locals which restaurant has the best pizza or hot dogs. Rather than start trouble, why not enjoy some fine Spanish dishes?

Photo credit: (c/o SXC) sanja gjenero, Tracy Woodward

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