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10 Kitchen Essentials From Catherine De Orio

The Chicago-based chef and TV host shows us the ingredients and tools she can't live without.

As the host of Check, Please!, the Chicago-based restaurant review television show, Catherine De Orio is no stranger to eating in the Windy City’s best restaurants. But the former lawyer and travel writer is also a trained chef, so she also spends plenty of time in her home kitchen. Drawing inspiration from growing up in an Italian neighborhood, traveling the world and the farm-to-table movement, De Orio often creates healthy meals and snacks using an eclectic mix of tools and ingredients in her well-equipped kitchen. Here are the must-have items at the top of her list.