The Top Chef Season 7 finale has come and gone. But after the filming's over and the knives are cleaned, one question remains: What happens to these people now?
We know about Top Chef Season 1 winner Harold Dieterle's restaurant in New York City, Stephanie Izard's new shindig The Girl and the Goat in Chicago, and Spike's Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill. But this is just the tip of the, er, sirloin?
Whether you've watched before or not, the Bravo hit has captivated audiences everywhere finally beating out the long-prevailing (seven-time Emmy winner) Amazing Race for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Higher ratings brings fierce competition, and with skills like these, it may be worth finding out if there's a former Top Chef contestant hard at work in your area.
Take a look at some of our favorite fiesty personalities from the past six seasons, where they are now, and what's on their menu.
The Travelling Chef
Hosea Rosenberg is quirky ... and fun to look at. Notorious for one of the only on-screen kiss scenes in Top Chef history with co-cheftestant Leah Cohen, Rosenberg has moved on from his reality days and is headed for the streets. StrEAT Chefs, the New Mexico native's new street cart co-owned with culinary trends expert, Laura Rice, is bringing Boulder, Co., some seriously innovative street food (Peach French Toast, Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits & Green Chili w/ Scrambled Eggs ... yum!) Looking to add diversity to his menu, Rosenberg is constantly traveling the globe aiming to learn from some of the world's best chefs and writes about it on his blog. A former aspiring astronomer, the Top Chef winner dishes about his travels to Hong Kong, the opening of his new business and love for his father.
The BBQ Beauty
Season 3 cheftestant Casey Thompson is working at Brownstone, but not in New Jersey with the Manzos of Real Housewives fame. Thompson recently opened a new (unrelated) Brownstone restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas, serving comfort food for all. Whether you're looking for a truly Texas summer salad with grilled summer corn, fried okra and bibb lettuce (Mmmm) or Texas BBQ smoked pork riblets served for sharing, there's something for everyone on this former Top Chef's menu. Really making a brand of herself, take some time to meander through Thompson's website and perhaps even indulge in some Chef Casey clothing (or mugs, travel journals, aprons ... you get the idea).
Since appearing on both Top Chef (season two) and Top Chef All-Stars, Talbot has opened his own restaurant at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, New York and is soon-to-be the executive chef of Mondrian SoHo in NYC, opening November 15. The new restaurant is going to serve mostly east coast seafood.
When he's not serving up cuisine symbolic of his days spent on the shores of South Carolina, the cutie spends time with his new wife, Paola Guerrero, a 30-year-old model and T-shirt designer from Columbia. Since Top Chef, he also appeared on second season of Real Housewives of New York City, as a friend of Kelly Killoren Bensimon.
The Southern Gentleman
He's a cuddly looking lumberjack sort of guy. OK, maybe he's not -- full time. When Kevin Gillespie's not catching the admiration of his 13,000+ Facebook fans, this Season 6 fan favorite is working as the executive chef and co-owner of Woodfire Grill in Atlanta. Named one of Mother Nature Network's top "40 Chefs Under 40" last November, Gillespie is a Art Institute of Atlanta graduate itching to become a staple in the southern culinary scene.
The Comforting Caterer
You either loved her, or you hated her on the show's fifth season. As an adoring Carla Hall fan, I couldn't help but enjoy her hilarious facial expressions, devotion to "putting the love in food" and wild ‘70s fro-like hairstyle. Hall currently is the executive chef and owner of Alchemy Caterers in Washington, D.C., serving elegant comfort food and American cuisine with a twist. Interested in taking class with this Top Chef fav? From vegetarian dishes to seasonal specialties, check out her Groupon offers throughout the rest of 2010 and early 2011, listed on her website.
Who is your favorite cheftestant of years past?
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