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Chef Tue Apr 14 2015

Legendary Chef Homaro Cantu Has Died

homaro.jpgGastronomy legend, social entrepreneur, and food scientist Homaro Cantu was found dead this morning in a vacant building on the Northwest side that he planned to turn into an organic brewery. According to the Chicago Tribune, Cantu apparently committed suicide by hanging . Author of the Miracle Berry Diet Cookbook, owner of Moto and Berrista (and now-closed iNG), and chef under Charlie Trotter, Cantu was a major force in the Chicago food scene. Though beset with recent legal and financial woes, he was a brazen individual who used food to entertain, enlighten, and transform. In 2013, Cantu described his last meal as his wife (chef Katie McGowan)'s homemade tomato and basil pizza. The 38-year-old chef is also survived by two children.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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