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Kilgore Culinary to Introduce New American Bistro

James Beard-nominated Chef Brad Kilgore is adding another restaurant to his ever-growing Kilgore Culinary Group on Friday, May 24th, with the opening of Ember in Miami’s Design District. Located inside Paradise Plaza, Ember is an American bistro showcasing a classic and modern take on dishes, meats, pastas and sides.

Chef Tony Mantuano’s Legend Keeps Growing

Tony Mantuano has become a household name in Chicago. Recognized as the celebrated chef-owner of Spiaggia, the critically acclaimed Italian restaurant celebrating 35 years on Michigan Avenue. The restaurant has been nominated for Outstanding Restaurant in America five times by the James Beard Foundation and holds one Michelin Star, with guide inspectors noting, “History isn't just on offer, it's celebrated here.

Denver Chef Thomas Garnick Wins $15K in California Pizza Contest

After 11 chefs spent a competitive day crafting and working pizza dough, developing unique toppings and sauces, and combining innovative blends of California cheeses, on May 9 the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) rewarded three with the ultimate prize in the 2019 Real California Pizza Contest—a national search for the best pizza recipes using Real California Cheese.

Buffalo Wings & Rings Hires New Corporate Chef

Buffalo Wings & Rings, the Cincinnati-based elevated sports restaurant franchise with more than 80 locations across the globe, recently brought on restaurant and franchise industry veteran Dan Admire as Corporate Chef.

Kimpton The Rowan Names Troy Thompson Executive Chef

Palm Springs’ celebrated 4 Saints, Juniper Table, High Bar and Window Bar debut new food and beverage menus from newly minted Executive Chef Troy Thompson and Lead Bartender Mary Valdez. The duo’s arrival and revamped menus, set against the backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains, build on the buzz surrounding the four bar and culinary concepts within Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs.

Cornerstone Restaurant Group Picks Chef Diego Burgos as Culinary Director

Chicago-based Cornerstone Restaurant Group named chef Diego Burgos as its new Culinary Director at SolToro, Michael Jordan’s Steak House and 23.sportscafe in the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. In this role, Burgos will use his 20 plus years of extensive experience to oversee the culinary programs from developing new seasonal menus to customizing group event menus and promotional offerings.

The Magic Behind Sarah Grueneberg’s Chicago Pasta Kingdom

The magic behind Sarah Grueneberg’s Chicago pasta kingdom Monteverde lies in two trips that the “Top Chef” contestant and James Beard Award winner took several years apart.After graduating from culinary school in 2001 and making a splash in the industry by 2003 as the youngest female sous chef at Houston’s iconic Brennan’s, Grueneberg moved to Chicago and joined the team at Spiaggia, where she trained under Tony Mantuano.