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America's Test Kitchen Boot Camp

Practice Your Cooking Skills with 'America's Test Kitchen' at Home

With shelter-in-place orders still effective, there's no better time to learn to be a better cook—and America's Test Kitchen is here to help.

Beginning Monday, May 18, they're launching ATK 10-Minute Cooking Boot Camp to teach you kitchen skills. Every day will feature a different cast member teaching a new lesson from their own home kitchen. The first week will cover basic training, while week two will go into advanced training. Knife skills, sauces, bread baking, chocolate—there's plenty for any cook to learn. 

Chef Erick Williams of Virtue restaurant in Hyde Park is one of six Chicago finalists for Best Chef: Great Lakes. Photo: Gary Adcock/Studio37

Chicago's 2020 James Beard Award Finalists

The United States' most-watched food industry awards have announced their finalists at a time of great uncertainty for the restaurant industry, in an effort to offer a "glimmer of hope to an industry looking for light in a very dark time." Here are the Chicago finalists.
Vivian Howard makes applejacks in 'Somewhere South.' Photo: Markay Media

Some Food Shows to Stream at Home (And Recipes to Try)

Cooking and baking more while self-isolating at home? We have plenty of food shows for you to stream, from new programs premiering now to old favorites, featuring everyone from Chicagoans to celebrity chefs both teaching recipes and sharing their passion.
America's Test Kitchen's Kitchen Classroom

Help Your Kids Learn to Cook with the New Kitchen Classroom from 'America's Test Kitchen'

America's Test Kitchen has launched a new, free "Kitchen Classroom," with daily recipes and food-related activities and quizzes to keep you and your children occupied and learning while schools are closed.
Monteverde's Sarah Grueneberg, seen her with her 2017 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Great Lakes, is up for Outstanding Chef

Chicago's James Beard Award Semifinalists

The semifinalists for the James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food industry, have been announced, and, as usual, Chicago is well-represented on the list. Find all the Chicago semifinalists here, as well as times they have been featured by WTTW.
A slice of Imani's Original bean pie, with a cream cheese-frosted slice in the background

A Chicago Baker of the Humble Bean Pie

Imani Muhammad bakes pies with an unexpected filling: navy beans. Bean pie is a dessert important to African American Muslims, but it’s hard to find, even in Chicago, which houses the headquarters of the Nation of Islam.
Baked artichoke dip with goat cheese and pesto from Uncommon Ground

Baked Artichoke Dip from Uncommon Ground

The Academy Awards are this Sunday. Need to bring something to a party, or want an extra dip for your own gathering? Try this baked artichoke dip with goat cheese and pesto from the stalwart Chicago restaurant Uncommon Ground. 
Buffalo Mac 'n' Cheese from Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago

Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese

Super Bowl LIV is this Sunday. Add your own appropriately themed dish and make this Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese from Chicago's recently closed Rockit Bar & Grill, recipe courtesy chef Amanda Downing. 
Kraków-Style Roasted Duck from 'Flavor of Poland'

Kraków-Style Roasted Duck from 'Flavor of Poland'

The new show Flavor of Poland aims to introduce Americans to the vibrancy of Polish history, culture, and food, as host Aleksandra August travels across the country learning about traditions and recipes. Here, August offers a recipe for Kraków-Style Roasted Duck.
Aleksandra August, the host of Flavor of Poland

Beyond Pierogi: A New Series Introducing the Rich Variety of Polish Cuisine and Culture to Americans

Flavor of Poland is a new cooking and travel show with Chicago roots that explores the cuisine of Poland, which is much more vibrant and multi-faceted than most Americans realize. "It’s got so much richness, and there’s so much flavor," says the host.
Food at Lincoln Square's LC Pho n Grill. Photo: Sandy Noto for WTTW

Moving Beyond Phở at a Revamped Chicago Vietnamese Restaurant

After remodeling, Lincoln Square's LC Phở n Grill reopened with an expanded menu that features harder-to-find Vietnamese dishes that the husband-and-wife owners workshopped while exploring Vietnamese restaurants in California.
Chicago's Han Bat. Photo: Sandy Noto for WTTW

Chicago's One-of-a-Kind Korean Soup Specialist

Han Bat serves basically one thing: the milky, restorative Korean soup known as seolleongtang, which takes hours and hours to make. "When [Koreans] come to visit Chicago, they come over here, because... we are the only one who does this kind of food," says the owner.
Sisig from Isla Pilipina. Photo: Sandy Noto for WTTW

A Filipino Restaurant Born Out of a Love for Mom's Cooking

"I never really loved high school lunches or any of that, anything outside of what my mom prepared in the kitchen," says Ray Espiritu, the owner of Isla Pilipina in Lincoln Square. When he didn't know what to do after graduating, he decided to take over a restaurant.
Clockwise from left: base camp potato, momo, thenthuk, kwati, and karela from Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen. Photo: Sandy Noto for WTTW

A Chicago Restaurant Where Indian and Chinese Influences Meet

Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen serves many hard-to-find Nepali specialties, which combine Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese culinary influences, unlike many other Nepali restaurants in Chicago, which offer mostly North Indian dishes.
Pumpkin Seed Rolls from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street. Photo: Connie Miller of CB Creatives

Pumpkin Seed Rolls for Thanksgiving from 'Milk Street'

Instead of serving bland rolls that are simply vehicles for butter or sopping up gravy this Thanksgiving, try something that is seasonally appropriate and has its own flavor, in this recipe for Pumpkin Seed Rolls from Christopher Kimball's Milk Street.
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