Q&A with Katsuji Tanabe

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Q&A with Katsuji Tanabe

Chicago’s new ‘Top Chef’ talks Mexican food.

If you keep up with “Top Chef,” you probably can’t forget two-time contestant Katsuji Tanabe, the Mexican/Japanese chef known for his Latin kosher fare and snappy comebacks. Now, Tanabe’s getting fired up for his latest project: partnering with Chicago-based DineAmic Group to open Mexican eatery Barrio this summer. We talked to Tanabe about our city’s culinary scene, what we can expect from the new joint and the one thing you’d never guess about “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi.

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