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Nico Osteria Chef Erling Wu-Bower: “You should bring in beautiful things and do as little as possible to them”

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Erling Wu-Bower (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

Nico Osteria Chef and James Beard Award nominee Erling Wu-Bower joins Justin to talk about his career, what it means to be nominated for such a prestigious award, the challenges that come with preparing exceptional seafood in Chicago, where his love of fish came from, how essential it is to have mentors such as Rick Bayless and Paul Kahan, his philosophy for cooking, the importance of finding great ingredients and his excitement at being in Chicago during this culinary boom.

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