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Phil Vettel
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

USA wins silver in Bocuse d'Or 1/28/2015
Do you believe in miracles?

Restaurant review: Next's 'Bistro' 1/27/2015
Next restaurant, which morphs from one cuisine to another three times each year, has always promised, and always delivered, a culinary adventure. With "Bistro," the 13th menu in Next's glittering four-year career, it is the customer who chooses the adventure.

Chicago Restaurant Week: Phil Vettel's picks 1/21/2015
The first Chicago Restaurant Week ran for eight days in 2008 and featured 35 participating restaurants.

Alinea, Grace among Chicago's six five-diamond winners 1/16/2015
AAA (American Automobile Association) announced this year's five-diamond and four-diamond restaurant and hotel winners Friday, and, once again, Chicago is sitting pretty.

Restaurant review: Baffo 1/13/2015
Baffo is a love-it-or-hate-it restaurant. It's easy to dismiss a formal Italian dining room offering mid-$20s pastas, mid-$30s entrees (topped by a $48 veal dish), $15 cocktails and wines by the glass in the $20s.