Previously, Dolinsky was the Executive Producer and Host of "Good Eating" on CLTV, the 24-hour news channel owned by the Tribune Co. The weekly half-hour show featured chefs, health news, wine reviews and inexpensive restaurants around Chicago. Dolinsky hosted that program from 1995-2003.
Steve has garnered 12 James Beard Awards for his TV and radio work over the past decade: six for best local TV cooking show in the nation, one for best TV food segment, local or national; two for best radio segment on food: long form and three for best radio segment: short format.
In 1997, Dolinsky created a weekly, one-hour, call-in food talk show on WCKG-FM in Chicago. "The Hungry Hound Radio Show" aired every Saturday at 5 p.m., on 105.9 FM. The live show covered all kinds of food and drink-related topics, and usually had a few guests, in addition to taking calls from the audience.
From 1997 - 2007, Steve was Food Contributor for WBEZ-FM, Chicago's public radio station. Each week, he produced and wrote long-form food stories focusing on anything from Russian food to Italian ice. His work with WBEZ garnered him Peter Lisagor Awards for arts & entertainment reporting. (The Lisagors are awarded to Chicago-area journalists by their peers in recognition of truly superior contributions to journalism). Dolinsky is also a Food Correspondent for "The World" - a co-production of Public Radio International, the BBC World News Service and WGBH Boston - filing reports on everything from freshly-killed sushi in Chicago to authentic Kerala-style food in India. Steve has also written articles about food and restaurants, which have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader and CS -Modern Luxury Magazine, as well as metromix.com. Most recently, he was a judge on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America," presiding over Battles Rabbit and Pheasant.
In 2002, Dolinsky founded Culinary Communications, a media training business focusing on the food industry outside of Chicago. Dolinsky is also very involved in several not-for-profit agencies in the Chicago area, including Meals on Wheels and Share Our Strength.
Dolinsky has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and History from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He previously worked as a general assignment news reporter in Michigan (WLUC-Marquette), then the Quad Cities (WHBF-Rock Island, IL; KWQC-Davenport, IA), and finally, for two years at CLTV, before joining the "Good Eating" team.
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