Il Poggiolo Chef Auditions for Reality Show

Chef Jim Kilberg is candidate for Food Network’s Series “Chopped”

Il Poggiolo’s Executive Chef, Jim Kilberg, has been chosen as a candidate for the Food Network series Chopped that airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM.  If chosen as a finalist, Kilberg will have the opportunity to win $10,000.  Chef Kilberg has held his position as Executive Chef of Il Poggiolo since its opening in June 2009.  When asked about why he wanted to audition for Chopped and what he would do with the grand prize, Kilberg stated, “I have been cooking for as long as I know and it’s all I know.  This is a chance for recognition for not only me but the restaurant as well and would be a major accomplishment for me personally.  If I won the grand prize, I’m about to have a child and I would probably put it towards education.”

About Executive Chef Jim Kilberg

Jim Kilberg, born and bred in the Midwest, graduated from Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon.  In 2005, Kilberg spent six months cooking in Italy under the direction of renowned Italian Chef Francesco Beradinelli, first at Becco Fino in Florence and later at Borgo di Fortobuso in the Chianti region.

“Working in Italy gave me the opportunity to shop in the marketplace for fresh foods and produce daily, and to learn the art of Italian cuisine from the masters,” says Kilberg.  “Italian food is best when pure, simple and fresh.  And that is exactly the basis for our menu at Il Poggiolo.”

Jim Kilberg has worked at restaurants in Montana, Colorado, Florida, and mostly recently in Chicago, where he served as the Executive Chef at Coco Pazzo, Bice Restaurant, Gioco and recently opened Via Ventuno for Jerry Kleiner.  Kilberg currently lives in Chicago where he enjoys running, the White Sox, and growing herbs.

About Chopped
Passion and expertise rule the kitchen on the fast-paced new series, Chopped.  Hosted by Ted Allen (Food Detectives), the series challenges four up-and-coming chefs to turn a selection of everyday ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal.  After each course, a contestant gets “chopped” until the last man or woman left standing claims victory.  Each week, a rotating panel of culinary elite judges including Alex Guarnaschelli, Aaron Sanchez, and Geoffrey Zakarian, will decide whose dishes shine the brightest and award the winner $10,000.

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