Brittney Payton gets new co-host on ‘Chicago’s Best’

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WGN’s local food show “Chicago’s Best” has a new co-host: Elliott Bambrough, a south suburban White Sox fan who loves “to cook, eat and then eat some more.”

Bambrough will join veteran host Brittney Payton, who lost her former partner-in-dine when the show’s original host and producer Ted Brunson resigned this spring after more than three years with the program. Brunson, who now works for DNAinfo.com/Chicago, told the website earlier this year that as much as he respects the Tribune, whose broadcasting arm owns WGN-TV, “I’d like to have a little more control of what I do, and I’d like to make a little more money.”

Bambrough will make his debut at 10 p.m. Sunday on WGN-Channel 9 in an all-new episode featuring Chicago’s best bakeries. Reruns air multiple times during the week on CLTV.

WGN press materials describe Bambrough as a TV veteran who was most recently working on projects for The Travel Channel and before that HBO’s “Vice” and VH1 “Save the Music.”

“I cannot wait to get started showcasing the best Chicago restaurants,” he said in a statement. “I plan to make new friends and increase my pants size by at least double.”

Produced by Oak Brook Productions, the weekly show highlights restaurants in the city and suburbs as selected by the show’s social networking followers. The hosts set out to profile and sample the best affordable and iconic dishes. The local Emmy Award-winning series launched on WGN in 2010 and has profiled 500-plus restaurants from Northwest Indiana to the farthest northern suburbs of Chicago.

Meet Bambrough:

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