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Hundreds of Chicago food fanatics tried out to be the new host of Check, Please!, but only one would be chosen to follow in Alpana Singh's footsteps. Meet Catherine De Orio, the gorg new face of the hit television show that allows Windy City locals to sing the praises of their favorite chow spots. While we wonder how De Orio keeps that rockin' bod despite eating for a living, we think we've found our new best friend — and ultimate dinner companion.
We spent the day with De Orio in her West Loop 'hood and visited some of her favorite spots (you can bet wine was involved). Of course, we chatted about everything from food to fashion to ditching her career as a lawyer to go to culinary school. Trust, after clicking through this slideshow, we think you'll agree: It really is possible to have your cake and eat it, too.
Photographed by Julia Stotz