The host of WTTW's popular restaurant review Check Please! series, which spawned several local versions across the pubcasting system, is departing after 10 years. Alpana Singh is leaving the Chicago program to devote more time to her own new restaurant, The Boarding House, where she is also Master Sommelier.
Singh took over hosting duties in the third season of Check, Please! from its original host, Amanda Puck. Previously Singh had worked as Master Sommilier at Everest, and director of wine and beverage for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, a major local restaurant company.
V.J. McAleer, WTTW senior vice president of production, said the station would begin a search for her replacement soon. He added that the station hopes Singh will continue to appear occasionally on Chicago Tonight, its nightly newsmagazine, where she answers viewers’ wine and beverage questions from host Phil Ponce in the “Ask Alpana” segment.