The New Host of Check, Please!

By David Manilow

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W​hy we selected Catherine

When we started our search for the new host way back in January, we posted this:

If you’re engaging, lively, inclusive, smart, and knowledgeable about Chicago, food, wine, and spirits, it could be you! Here are some characteristics we’re looking for in the new Check, Please! host …

...Our new host needs to be nice, fun to work with, and a brand ambassador for Check, Please! He or she could be currently (or formerly) working as a chef, server, bartender, sommelier, restaurateur, writer, blogger, or other occupation that allows for a broad, intimate understanding of the culinary world. Previous on camera experience is not necessary.

Catherine fits the bill. She’s a lifelong Chicagoan who has a passion for our city’s incredible dining scene. She’s light-hearted, warm, quick to smile, smart, hard working, and inclusive. Catherine is a published food writer, trained in the culinary arts, adventurous eater, and is known and respected in the restaurant industry.

From the moment we met Catherine, Check, Please! producer Jacqui Wedewer and I have become more and more impressed with her authenticity, knowledge, kindness, and enthusiasm.

We think, as you get to know her, you’ll feel the same way. Watch this video for just a taste.