Kyle Cherek

Culinary Contributor

Kyle Cherek is a culinary historian, food essayist, and host of the Emmy Award-winning television show Wisconsin Foodie on PBS. For over a decade, he has chronicled regional food stories, exploring where our food comes from and how it shapes who we are. His signature wit and keen observations have made him a sought-after keynote speaker, media contributor and culinary storyteller. Kyle has been awarded the Wisconsin Broadcast Association Award twice for his compelling essays on food culture.

Twitter: @Kylecherek

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Earlier this month a potential seismic shift occurred in the restaurant world. American restauranteur Danny Meyer announced he was eliminating tipping in all thirteen of his restaurants.

Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek wonders if this heralds the end of the world as we know it:

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For the next two weeks, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival will present more than 300 movies. Some, like Jaws, are one offs. Others, like Cream City Cinema, are united by a common theme.

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The James Beard Awards are a big deal in the culinary world.

Milwaukee has been well-represented in the past - Chefs Sanford d’Amato, Adam Siegel and Justin Aprahamian have all won James Beard's Best Chef: Midwest award.

Chef Justin Carlisle of Ardent was nominated this year. Though he didn't win, food contributor Kyle Cherek explains what a big accomplishment it is to even be nominated.

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A pop-up restaurant will appear somewhere in Milwaukee this Saturday.

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As 2014 winds to a close, we typically look back at the year that was and look ahead at what the year to come might hold.

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On this Thanksgiving holiday, Lake Effect essayist Kyle Cherek has been thinking about access to food.

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Wisconsin Foodie host Kyle Cherek believes this is a pivotal moment of Milwaukee's dining scene.

Essay: Black Earth

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Food freedom, and the contradictions between what we say we want and what we actually do to get it, is on the mind of contributor and Wisconsin Foodie Kyle Cherek.

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'I have, as of late, lost all my mirth,' Hamlet, the soul-searching twenty-something, uttered to his school buddies Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

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Milwaukee's Justin Aprahamian of Sanford restaurant has been named Best Chef in the Midwest by the James Beard Foundation.

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Every month we talk with Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek about Milwaukee’s, and the rest of Wisconsin’s, great food traditions. Over the last year we’ve covered farmers markets, new restaurants, James Beard nominations and awards that recognize Milwaukee chefs, and more.

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Even though Festivus is over, Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek still has some food-related grievances to air.

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In 2011, Growing Power's Will Allen had this to say about Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek:

"Eating food is what we all have in common. It’s important that everyone has access to the same good food, regardless of their economic standing. This is about social justice. Kyle gets this."

It was a very nice thing to say, but two years later, Cherek isn't quite so sure he did get it:

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