Over nine seasons, the winners of Bravo’s Top Chef have parlayed their reality TV fame into real culinary careers. EW was on set for the show’s season 10 finale (airing Feb. 27 at 10 p.m.), which brought the past nine winners together with host Padma Lakshmi and judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and Emeril Lagasse. Before the show crowns a new winner, read on to find out what all of the other Top Chefs have been up to since taking the title.
He owns and runs three restaurants in NYC’s West Village and claims to be too busy to watch Chef. ”It’s embarrassing,” he says.
Hall made waves with his signature (and sacrilegious?) dish — bacon-wrapped matzo balls — at his L.A. joint the Gorbals, opened in 2009.
The endearingly arrogant Huynh’s latest venture is the innovative Asian restaurant the General, which opened in January in NYC.
”Stephanie is killing it right now in Chicago,” says Acheson. Izard owns two popular restaurants there — Girl & the Goat and Little Goat Diner.
Rosenberg opted out of big-city life and chose to settle in Boulder, Colo., where he runs the company he founded, Blackbelly Catering.
Voltaggio owns L.A. hot spots ink. and ink.sack. ”I have been to both; they’re both excellent,” says Colicchio of Voltaggio’s restaurants.
The New Jersey chef opened an eponymous restaurant in Philadelphia that has served, among other things, bacon marmalade.
The Atlanta-based winner of Top Chef All-Stars owns HD1, the Spence, and three Flip Burger Boutique restaurants in the South.
The quiet, self-assured winner is currently prepping his own eatery, Qui, which is scheduled to open this spring with a seasonal menu.