Chicago is known around the world for its vibrant, diverse, and collaborative restaurant scene, and WTTW’s Check, Please! has long served as the place for regular people to share their unvarnished opinions about their favorite eateries. Now, from the creators of this popular, cult-following series comes a new, fast-paced, and freewheeling series where three star chefs have fun cooking together – DISHALICIOUS.
Sarah Grueneberg – James Beard Award winner, Top Chef and Iron Chef Gauntlet competitor, and chef-owner of Chicago’s wildly popular Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio – serves as host of DISHALICIOUS, and in each episode, she will be joined by three notable local chefs who collaborate on a three-course meal in WTTW’s Grainger Studio (with each of them taking a course) in front of a live studio audience. Each episode features a different cuisine, with the emphasis on teaching audiences how to create these dishes at home.
Friday, April 6: Italian
The Chefs: Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia, Bar Toma); Giuseppe Tentori (GT Fish & Oyster, GT Prime); and Leigh Omilinsky (Nico Osteria).
Friday, April 13: Mexican
The Chefs: Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo); Diana Dávila (Mi Tocaya Antojeria); and Alfonso Sotelo (5 Rabanitos).
Friday, April 20: Korean
The Chefs: Bill Kim (urbanbelly, bellyQ); Dave Park (Hanbun); Beverly Kim (Parachute).
The companion website (wttw.com/dishalicious) will feature recipes from each episode plus an extra recipe from Grueneberg, along with video extras, streaming episodes, and other special content.
“WTTW has a great history of presenting quality cooking programming and showcasing the best that Chicago has to offer,” says Executive Producer Dan Soles. “DISHALICIOUS continues that legacy. We are excited to share the incredible expertise of some of Chicago’s finest chefs, and are so fortunate to have Sarah Gruenberg as host. Her love of cooking, curiosity, and enthusiasm make her the perfect choice to lead audiences through this very special culinary experience.”
“This show is all about chefs cooking together and having a great time,” adds Executive Producer David Manilow. “Refreshingly, it’s about collaboration, not competition.”
DISHALICIOUS will premiere on Friday, April 6, 13, and 20 at 8:30 pm on WTTW11 and wttw.com/dishalicious.
The series is a co-production of WTTW and Cause & Effect, LLC. Executive Producers are Daniel Soles and David Manilow.
DISHALICIOUS is taped in the Monogram Kitchen at WTTW Studios. With the tagline, “Elevate Everything with Monogram Appliances,” Monogram served as a sponsor and generously provided all of the major luxury appliances for the set. Other key sponsors include Binny’s Beverage Depot, BMO Harris Bank, Carlson Nutritional Supplements, Friendship Village, The Galley Workstation, Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, Middleton Tourism Commission, NorthShore University Health System, Organic Valley, Senior Lifestyle, and Wisconsin Dells.
About the Host
Since her childhood cooking with her grandparents on their Texas ranch, Sarah Grueneberg knew she was destined to work in the culinary world. Originally from Houston, Grueneberg moved to Chicago in 2005 to join the team at the award-winning Spiaggia under the leadership of Tony Mantuano (featured in the Italian segment of DISHALICIOUS). In 2017, Grueneberg received her first James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Great Lakes.” Grueneberg was runner-up on Bravo’s Top Chef: Texas, and was a competitor on Food Network’s Iron Chef Gauntlet, and has also been named a “Rising Star Chef” by Chicago Social in 2009 and 2016 and Eater Chicago’s “Chef of the Year” in the 2011 Eater Awards. Grueneberg is currently Chef/Partner of the multiple award-winning Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago’s West Loop.
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