Top Chef

Posted May 4, 2011
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  1. Padma Lakshmi

    Padma Lakshmi


    Padma Lakshmi (born September 1, 1970) is an American cookbook author, actress, model, television host and executive producer. Her debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the "Best First Book" award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.

  2. Katie Lee

    Katie Lee


    Katherine "Katie" Lee (born 1981) is an American cookbook author, television food critic, cook, and novelist.

  3. Tom Colicchio

    Tom Colicchio


    Thomas Patrick "Tom" Colicchio (/kɵˈlkj/; born August 15, 1962) is an American celebrity chef. He co-founded the Gramercy Tavern in New York City, and formerly served as a co-owner and as the executive chef. He is also the founder of Craft and Colicchio & Sons restaurants. Colicchio is the recipient of five James Beard Foundation Awards for cooking accomplishments.

  4. Gail Simmons

    Gail Simmons


    Gail Simmons (born May 19, 1976) is a Canadian food writer and cookbook author. Since the show’s inception in 2006, she has served as a permanent judge on BRAVO’s Emmy-winning series Top Chef. Simmons was previously the head critic on Top Chef Duels and host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Bravo’s pastry-focused spin-off of the Top Chef franchise. She was also co-host of “The Feed,” which aired in 2014 on FYI, A+E’s new lifestyle network. In addition to her work on Top Chef, Gail makes frequent television appearances on NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America, among others. She has been featured in such publications as New York magazine, Travel + Leisure, GQ, People, Los Angeles Times, and more.

  5. Ted Allen

    Ted Allen


    Ted Allen (born May 20, 1965) is an American writer, cookbook author, and television personality. He was the food and wine connoisseur on the American Bravo network's television program Queer Eye and has been the host of the TV cooking competition series Chopped since its launch in 2009. As of April 13, 2014, he is also the host of another Food Network show, originally called America's Best Cook; a retooled version of that show, retitled All-Star Academy, which debuted on March 1, 2015. In early 2015, he also hosted a four-part special, Best. Ever., which scoured the country for its best burgers, pizza, breakfast, and barbecue. He is a longtime contributing writer to Esquire magazine, the author of two cookbooks, and regularly appears on the Food Network show The Best Thing I Ever Ate and other television cooking shows.

  6. Top Chef

    Top Chef (2006)


    Top Chef is an American reality competition television series which premiered on March 8, 2006, on Bravo. The show features chefs competing against each other in various culinary challenges. They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode. The show is produced by Magical Elves Productions, the same company that created Project Runway.

  7. Carla Hall

    Carla Hall


    Carla Hall (born May 12, 1964) is an American chef and television personality.

  8. Fabio Viviani

    Fabio Viviani


    Fabio Viviani (born October 10, 1978 in Florence, Italy) is an Italian chef, restaurateur, reality television personality, a New York Times best-selling author, and a naturalized U.S. citizen. Viviani's first appearance on television was as a contestant on the fifth season of reality TV show Top Chef on the Bravo network. After making it past the initial rounds, as one of the final four contestants when he was eliminated from the competition and was voted "Top Chef Fan Favorite" by viewers. Fabio returned to Bravo in 2010 to compete in their Top Chef: All Stars, as well as co-starring in the 2012 Bravo reality show Life After Top Chef. With an intense passion for food, Fabio now brings that same spirit to winemaking. He aims to simplify the magic in pairing wine and food, making it easy to elevate a simple meal to an extraordinary event with one of his red or white wines from the Fabio Viviani Wine Collection. He was also the host of Chow Ciao, the award-winning series on Yahoo!.

  9. Tiffani Faison

    Tiffani Faison


    Tiffani Faison (born August 20, 1977 in Germany) is an American chef and was one of two finalists on the first season of Bravo's reality show, Top Chef. She finished second place to Harold Dieterle.

  10. Toby Young

    Toby Young


    Toby Young (born 17 October 1963) is a British journalist and educationalist. Young is the well-known author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, the tale of his stint in New York as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine. He served as a judge in seasons five and six of the television show Top Chef and co-founded the West London Free School.

  11. Top Chef Canada

    Top Chef Canada (2011)


    Top Chef Canada is a Canadian reality competition television series. The show premiered on April 11, 2011 on Food Network Canada. The first season consisted of 13 episodes, with 16 contestants vying for a grand prize of $100,000 and a GE Monogram kitchen valued at $30,000. Contestants shopped at Loblaws in season one and McEwan in season two. Like the original American series, each week the chef contestants compete against each other in culinary challenges. Contestants are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry, with one or more contestants being eliminated each week. The Canadian edition uses the same graphics and music as the American version of the program.

  12. Harold Dieterle

    Harold Dieterle


    Harold Dieterle III (born 1977 in West Babylon, New York) is an American chef, best known as the winner of the first season of the Bravo television network's reality television series Top Chef. His signature dish is spicy duck meatballs.

  13. Stephanie Izard

    Stephanie Izard


    Stephanie Izard (born October 30, 1978) is an American chef residing in Chicago, Illinois, best known as the first female chef to win Bravo's Top Chef, taking the title on the fourth season. She is the co-owner and executive chef of two award-winning Chicago restaurants, Girl and the Goat, and Little Goat, and opened her first restaurant, Scylla (now closed) as chef-owner at the age of 27. Izard won a coveted James Beard Foundation Award (Best Chef: Great Lakes) in 2013 for her work at Girl and the Goat. Izard has made a number of appearances on Top Chef since her win, both as a guest judge and participant (on Top Chef Duels).

  14. Gael Greene

    Gael Greene


    Gael Greene (born December 22, 1933) is an American restaurant critic, author and novelist. She became New York magazine's restaurant critic in fall 1968, at a time when most New Yorkers were unsophisticated about food and there were few chefs anyone knew by name, and for four decades both documented and inspired the city's and America's growing obsession with food. She was a pioneering "foodie".

  15. Spike Mendelsohn

    Spike Mendelsohn


    Evangelos Spiros Mendelsohn (born December 15, 1980), better known as Spike Mendelsohn, is a Washington, D.C.-based chef and restaurateur best known as fifth place finisher of the fourth season of Top Chef, which aired 2008-2009. He is the chef and owner of multiple restaurants: Good Stuff Eatery, Béarnaise, and We, The Pizza in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2013, Mendelsohn opened his newest restaurant named "Béarnaise" in Washington's Capitol Hill. Béarnaise was awarded with 2-stars by the Washington Post.

  16. Shereen Arazm

    Shereen Arazm


    Shereen Arazm Koules (born 1972) is a restaurateur, nightclub owner, and television personality who lives in Los Angeles. She was also the "resident" judge on the highly-rated television series, Top Chef Canada for 4 seasons and the brand ambassador for Nespresso Canada in 2013 and 2014. LA Times Magazine named Arazm one of the top 4 entertainment hosts in Los Angeles in 2007.

  17. Marcel Vigneron

    Marcel Vigneron


    Marcel Vigneron (born May 3, 1980) is an American chef best known as the runner-up of the second season of Top Chef, which aired 2006–2007, placing behind Ilan Hall. In 2011, he had his own television program on Syfy, Marcel's Quantum Kitchen, in which he started and ran a molecular gastronomy catering company; it was cancelled after 6 episodes. He later competed on Top Chef: All-Stars in 2011, and on The Food Network's The Next Iron Chef in 2012.

  18. Michael Voltaggio

    Michael Voltaggio


    Michael Voltaggio (born September 29, 1978) is an American chef residing in Pasadena, California. Voltaggio is the winner of the sixth season of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition reality show, where he competed with his brother, Bryan Voltaggio. The two ended in the finale, alongside Kevin Gillespie, with Michael winning the contest. Top Chef Head Judge Tom Colicchio said of Voltaggio, “Out of all the cooks that have come through the show, Michael is the most talented—both from a sensibility and technical standpoint. He has the chops to pull off what he’s trying to do.”

  19. Sam Talbot

    Sam Talbot


    Sam Talbot (born December 27, 1977) is a Sicilian-American chef from Charlotte, North Carolina, best known as a semi-finalist on Season 2 of Bravo's Top Chef, eventually placing third. Talbot returned to Top Chef for the episode "Four Star All Stars" with Elia Aboumrad, Marcel Vigneron, and Ilan Hall. Talbot and the other three were defeated by Season 1's Tiffani Faison, Harold Dieterle, and Stephen Asprinio.

  20. Lee Anne Wong

    Lee Anne Wong


    Lee Anne Wong is an American chef and was one of the last four contestants on the first season of Bravo's reality show, Top Chef. She was the culinary producer for the next four seasons of Top Chef, where her duties included sourcing and styling the ingredients for the various challenges, as well as determining the budget, equipment restrictions and time limits. She also blogged about the show for Bravo, and hosted the webcast Top Recipe: The Wong Way to Cook, in which she demonstrated how to prepare various winning dishes invented by the program contestants.

  21. Bryan Voltaggio

    Bryan Voltaggio


    Bryan Voltaggio (born April 19, 1976) is an American chef residing in Frederick, Maryland. He received an AOS in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America and was mentored by chef Charlie Palmer. He is the co-owner and executive chef of five restaurants: AGGIO, Lunchbox, Family Meal, RANGE, and VOLT.

  22. Stefan Richter

    Stefan Richter


    Stefan Richter (born July 2, 1972) is a chef from Finland, who has resided for many years in Santa Monica, California. He was a runner-up in the fifth season of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show. Richter also competed in Top Chef (season 10).

  23. Richard Blais

    Richard Blais


    Richard Blais (born February 19, 1972), perhaps most recognizable as winner of Top Chef All Stars, is known for his innovative take on classic American cuisine. He is an American chef, reality show contestant, restaurateur and James Beard-nominated author. He was the runner-up of the fourth season of the reality television show Top Chef and the winner of season eight, Top Chef: All-Stars as well as a recurring judge on Top Chef Season 12 and host of the Food Network series, "Hungry Games."

  24. Ilan Hall

    Ilan Hall


    Ilan D. Hall (born April 6, 1982) is an American chef, best known as the winner of the second season of the Bravo television network's reality series Top Chef.

  25. Kelly Liken

    Kelly Liken


    Kelly Liken is an American chef and restaurant owner. She has appeared as a contestant on the television shows Top Chef, and Iron Chef America.

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