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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

Nick Lacasse consulting at Celeste, headed (eventually) for Half Acre 2/25/2015
Nick Lacasse, who left his executive chef job at mfk on Valentine's Day, revealed his short- and long-term plans.

Restaurant review: Intro 2/24/2015
Intro is a concept like no other: Part high-end restaurant, part restaurateur grad school.

Wallack sells her Sola, but restaurant remains open 2/20/2015
Chef/owner Carol Wallack has sold her beloved Sola (3868 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-327-3868), but otherwise it's business as usual at the North Center restaurant.

Ready for another Restaurant Week? 2/20/2015
Are you ready for another Restaurant Week?

Stephanie Izard to open Chinese-inspired restaurant 2/19/2015
Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat, Little Goat Diner) is preparing to open a third restaurant in Chicago's Market District.