Millennium Park | Sept 22 - 24
WTTW'S CHECK, PLEASE!
Catherine DeOrio left behind a successful (but unfulfilling) career in the courtroom to pursue her passion in the kitchen. This ‘recovering attorney’ is now a formally trained chef, lifestyle expert, media spokesperson, journalist, web editor and public speaker.
She is the host of the Emmy award-winning dining review show Check, Please!. She also travels the country to appear on behalf of her own company and various corporations to dish on the food scene—whether to discuss trends, demonstrate a recipe or give tips for organizing a successful event.Via her company Culinary Curator she writes articles relating to food, travel & lifestyle for various publications; develops recipes; consults on events and speaks at various engagements around the country. Zagat named her one of the “10 Chicago power players you need to know now” and New City included her in the 2013-2015‘ Big Heat’ List of Chicago’s most influential culinary figures.
She attended culinary school while still working full-time as a litigator. Her unique blend of culinary, creative and oratory skills caught the eye of executives at Sara Lee Corporation and she was selected as their national media spokesperson and culinary consultant in 2006. She has appeared on every major network including NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CW and WGN with recurring spots on The Today Show, Better TV, The Rachael Ray Show, Good Day LA, Bringing it Home and Cooking Channel. She has also been a guest on over 250 radio shows including What’s Cooking? and Martha Stewart Radio.
Catherine has worked as a spokesperson for major corporations and brands includingSara Lee Corporation, Ballpark hotdogs, Jimmy Dean, Gallo Salame, Earthgrains Bread, Bryan Foods, Hillshire Farm, Aidell’ s, Senseo Coffee, Godiva Coffee, Revolution Tea, ConAgra, Disney and Crate & Barrel.
Catherine served as Midwest editor/Editor-at-large for In Touch Weekly magazine covering everything from Jennifer Aniston’ s favorite dining spots in Chicago to Gwyneth Paltrow’ s tips for staying fit.She has also written for, amongst others, Time Out, CS,Brides, Daily Candy, Huffington Post, WYNN, US Weekly and Michigan Avenue, ontopics ranging from how to throw the perfect bridal brunch to celebrity chef’ s favorite dining spots.She is a regular contributor to VEGAS magazine and Eater.com.She has been cited as a food expert in various publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Business Chicago.
Her down-to-earth personality and energetic delivery makes her a favorite at live engagements. Catherine has done live cooking demonstrations and speaking engagements for crowds ranging from 25-5000 at private events, various Food & Wine festivals across the country and such prestigious conferences like BlogHer. These have included everything from hosting a segment on the Rachael Ray show, conducting intimate interviews with culinary luminaries like Lidia Bastianich and Andoni Luis Aduriz chef/owner of Mugaritz (the number four best restaurant in the world), all the way to leading a sold-out, live interviews of both Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, and Giada de Laurentiis in front of over 4000 attendees. She even cooked out of an RV throughout the West Coast and South to help raise money for America’s Second Harvest, a national food bank network--one might say she was ahead of the food truck trend!
When not traveling and dining about to check out the latest trends in the food scene, she serves as the Executive Director of the Kendall College Trust. In this capacity she raises scholarship funds for culinary and hospitality students in financial need as well as mentors students in the culinary/hospitality field.In Summer of 2016 she is launching a culinary camp in partnership with C-CAP (Careers Through Culinary Arts Program)/Chicago Public School (CPS). The camp provides culinary training for high school students in under served communities. And through her consulting company Culinary Curator she does culinary trend research and recipe development as well as and speaks at universities and events on career change and creating your dream job.
To follow Catherine check out her instagram @catdeorio and Twitter accounts @CatCalls