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Help pick the next ‘Check Please!’ host; 17 finalists named
WTTW-Channel 11 is asking fans of its popular restaurant-rating show to weigh in on who deserves to be the next “Check, Please!” host.
The public television network posted an online list of 17 finalists Wednesday, complete with their bios and audition videos. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. April 17.
Keep in mind that WTTW isn’t leaving the whole decision up to you. The online voting tally in combination with input from WTTW producers and staff and the producers of “Check, Please!” will be considered in deciding who will take former host Alpana Singh’s spot at the table, an announcement that’s expected to be made May 1.
The 17 finalists are:
- Cassidy Stirtz, a server/actor (Chicago)
- Tony Diaz, sous chef at Maude’s Liquor Bar (Chicago)
- Senam Amegashie, freelance writer (Chicago)
- Sarah Levy, owner of S. Levy Foods, magazine editor (Chicago)
- Donny de Castro, owner of Tavern at the Park Restaurant (Chicago)
- Frank Brunacci, former executive chef at Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago, current chef at The Chefs Diamond Co. Australian native who now lives in Munster, Ind.
- Rochelle Trotter, owner of R’Culinaire and wife of chef Charlie Trotter (Chicago)
- Flavia Magdalin, general manager at Ralph Lauren Restaurant (Chicago)
- Tommy Walton, fashion design teacher and former “Check Please!” All-Star (Chicago)
- Ina Pinkney, chef/owner of Ina’s (Chicago)
- Emilie Rose Bishop, chief mixologist at iNG (Chicago)
- Anthony Todd, food and drink editor for Chicagoist.com and Chicago editor for Citysearch.com (Chicago)
- Cristiane Pereira, chef/owner of Taste of Brasil Cafe in Oak Park. Lives in Berwyn.
- Catherine De Orio, president at Culinary Curator (Chicago)
- Cleetus Friedman, former chef/owner of City Provisions (Chicago)
- Alia Dalal, personal chef/food tour guide who grew up in Clarendon Hills and now lives in the city.
- Bill St. John, wine writer for the Chicago Tribune/professor at University of Chicago’s Graham School (Chicago)