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Vermilion chef Rohini Dey: What it's like to tape a reality show

Vermilion chef Rohini Dey: What it's like to tape a reality show

When Rohini Dey opened Vermilion in 2004, she wanted to bring the flavors of her childhood in India to River North — with a Latin twist. Enter dishes like lobster stewed with cloves, cardamom and chilies, and glowing reviews; even four years after opening, the restaurant won three stars on a revisit from Tribune critic Phil Vettel. It was when Dey expanded to New York that she hit some snags. She opened her second restaurant, At Vermilion, in midtown Manhattan in 2008. The New York Times gave it a scathing write-up. The economy crashed. "I opened a 12,000-square-foot location on Park Avenue at the peak of the financial crisis, when all industries were getting bailouts and fine...

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