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"Top Chef: Chicago" Walks Down the Aisle

by User ImageMatt B on May 12th, 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.

mis en placeThis week's Quickfire Challenge divided the contestants into two teams of four and pitted them against each other in a mis en place relay race. (Mis en place is a French phrase literally meaning 'put in place' and refers to the process of preparing ingredients usually before the restaurant opens for the day.) Each team had to supreme oranges (remove the skin, pith, membranes, and seeds), prepare artichokes, fillet monkfish, and make mayonnaise from scratch.

Combine racing and great food at Chicago's 16th annual Race to Taste next month. Featuring a 5K run and 2-mile (3 km) walk through Grant Park, this race is held in conjunction with the 28th annual Taste of Chicago. Registration includes a T-shirt and a strip of food/drink tickets.

wedding ringsFor the Elimination Challenge, the two teams catered a 250-guest wedding buffet-style, each team responsible for half the guests. The chefs had only 14 hours to prepare, making it necessary for them to stay awake through the night.

Romance shouldn't end at the wedding. Take that special someone out for some romantic wining and dining:

Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) 427, (c/o SXC) Marja Flick-Buijs

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