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Tribune's Borrelli Achatz Profile A Must-Read

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Feb 17, 2011 5:40PM

Alinea's Grant Achatz, disguised as Bob Dylan circa "Time Out Of Mind", strikes a pose for Helen Rosner of MenuPages Chicago.
The best piece of food writing we've read this week is Chris Borrelli's profile of Grant Achatz in the Tribune. Borrelli's article — the culmination of spending seven months hanging around the Alinea chef/owner — is the rare article that manages to find a new wrinkle in a story that's been seemingly covered beyond reason. And Borrelli does it by placing the focus not on Achatz's much-lauded fight with cancer, but his creativity and drive in the kitchen, even as his celebrity grows.

Borrelli and photographer Zbigniew Bzdak take readers even deeper behind the scenes of the Achatz profile in a Trib Nation that details how closely they shadowed Achatz for those seven months. This is the rare article that shows the depth of Chicago's restaurant and food scene, but also its food writing scene.