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Phil Vettel
Critic
My Role

Phil Vettel has been the Chicago Tribune's restaurant critic since 1989. Video versions of Phil's reviews (without revealing his face, of course) can be seen weekly on WGN-Ch. 9 and CLTV. And he's a regular contributor to the Tribune blog The Stew (chicagotribune.com/stew).
My Biography

Phil was born in the Bronx, NY, went to high school in Florida and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1979 with a BA in Journalism. His career began at the Tribune-owned Suburban Trib in 1979, and he was promoted to the Chicago Tribune, working in the Tempo section, in 1981.

His wife, Paula, frequently joins him on his restaurant visits, and his sons, Ed and Chris, usually have better things to do.
My Recent Articles

Tasting menus, chef demos galore as the Beard Awards rolls into town 4/27/2015
In case you've been living in a culinary vacuum the last few months: The James Beard Foundation Awards, a black-tie gala that's been dubbed the "culinary Oscars," will take place Monday in Chicago.

Ed Debevic's to leave its Wells Street location, eventually 4/24/2015
Ed Debevic's will leave 640 N. Wells St., its home since 1984, for an undetermined new location "closer to Michigan Avenue."

C Chicago debuts Wednesday 4/21/2015
Ever since Keefer's closed, I've been wondering what sort of seafood restaurant David Flom and Matt Moore (partners in Chicago Cut Steakhouse and The Local Chicago) planned for that prime location.

Tickets on sale for August's inaugural Chicago Food + Wine Festival 4/21/2015
Another star-studded food and wine festival is headed to Chicago, this time in August, and tickets are going on sale today.

Vettel: How Cantu changed Chicago's culinary scene 4/15/2015
In 2005, just about every top food writer in America visited Chicago, and three chefs drew them here.