Top Chef Winners Where are they now?

Top Chef Winenrs Where Are They Now
Top Chef is a cookery competition reality television show that sees chefs compete to be named the Top Chef after completing a number of challenges to avoid elimination. The challenges are judged by a panel of professional chefs and culinary, food and drink experts. There was a large cash prize on offer, for earlier seasons this was $100,000 but this doubled to $200,000 for later seasons.

Find out what the Top Chef winners did next after appearing on Top Chef. Top Chef winners where are they now?


Harold Dieterle
Harold Dieterle was the Top Chef season 1 winner after impressing the panel with his 5 course menu.

After Top Chef, he opened restaurants Perilla (in 2007) and Kin shop (in 2010), both of which closed in 2015 and The Marrow (in 2012), which closed in 2014. They all had very good reviews prior to closure. He released a cook book Harold Dieterle's Kitchen Notebook. In 2017, he developed three dishes for salad bar Chopt and opened gluten free Italian restaurant Tali & Tali Dolce, which closed in June 2018.


Ilan Hall
Ilan Hall was the Top Chef season 2 winner after impressing the panel with his 5 course menu.

After Top Chef, he opened restaurant The Gorbals (in LA) in 2009 and a second restaurant (in Brooklyn) in 2014. He planned to move the LA restaurant and make it a vegan restaurant but the restaurant never reopened. His Brooklyn restaurant became Esh, a Middle-East barbecue restaurant, the restaurant closed in September 2016.


Hung Huynh
Hung Huynh was the Top Chef season 3 winner after his 4 course menu impressed the panel.

After Top Chef, he returned as a guest chef and was Executive Chef at Solo restaurant in New York City during 2008/9 and was later Executive Chef at Ajna Bar from 2009 to 2011. He opened a number of restaurants with EMM group but cut ties in 2015 due to creative differences. He did a number of pop up events and became a restaurant consultant. He is currently Chef de Cuisine at Morimoto Asia.


Stephanie Izard
Stephanie Izard was the Top Chef season 4 winner after her 4 course menu impressed the panel.

After Top Chef, she is Executive Chef and Partner at both Girl & the Goat and Little Goat in Chicago. She has received a number of accolades including being nominated onto Macy's Culinary Council. She released cookbook Girl in the Kitchen in 2011.


Hosea Rosenberg
Hosea Rosenberg was the Top Chef season 5 winner after his 4 course menu impressed the panel.

After Top Chef, he opened two restaurants in Boulder, Colorado, the first Blackbelly opened in 2014 and Santo opened in 2017. In 2015 he opened Blackbelly Butcher, where he makes and sells his own meats. Before opening his restaurants Blackbelly had a food truck and a farming business.


Michael Voltaggio
Michael Voltaggio was the Top Chef season 6 winner after his 4 course menu impressed the panel, beating his brother Bryan to the title.

After Top Chef, he opened three restaurants ink., ink.well and ink.sack. Ink.sack closed in March 2018 after more than 7 years in Melrose. He closed ink. in order to open Ink.well, the restaurant closed in April 2018 after being open 8 months and due to issues with a partner. In October 2017, he opened STRFSH, a fast food fish business with his brother Bryan.


Kevin Sbraga
Kevin Sbraga was the Top Chef season 7 winner after his 4 course menu impressed the panel.

After Top Chef, he opened four restaurants. Two restaurants Sbraga and the Fat Ham in University City closed in January 2017 and Fat Ham closed in June 2017. Juniper Commons closed in May 2015 after just six months in business. After the closures he became a Private chef and consultant.


Richard Blais
Richard Blais was the Top Chef season 8 All Stars winner after his 4 course menu impressed the panel.

After Top Chef, he appeared on Iron Chef America and Chopped All-Stars. In 2014, he started culinary company Trail Blais, Inc. and had opened two restaurants, Juniper & Ivy and The Crack Shack. He has released two cookbooks and is a regular on cookery shows on Food Network.


Paul Qui
Paul Qui was the Top Chef season 9 winner after his 4 course menu impressed the panel.

After Top Chef, he won Best Chef Southwest at the James Beard Awards. He opened restaurant Aqui in August 2017, it later closed in December 2018 and his restaurant Kuneho née Qui closed in the fall of 2017. In 2016, he was arrested on charges of domestic assault against his partner after attacking her following a drugs and alcohol binge. The charges were dropped in 2018 shortly before trial. In May 2018, he opened TacQui in Dallas.


Kristen Kish
Kristen Kish was the Top Chef season 10 winner after her 4 course menu impressed the panel.

After Top Chef, /kristen became chef de cuisine of Menton for a year before leaving to travel and to co-host 36 Hours on the Travel Channel. She released a cookbook Kristen Kish Cooking: Recipes and Techniques in 2017. In 2018, she opened her first restaurant Arlo Grey in Austin, Texas.


Nicholas Elmi
Nicholas Elmi was the Top Chef season 11 winner after his 4 course menu impressed the panel.

After Top Chef, he opened his first restaurant Laurel in Philadelphia. He later opened bar ITV in 2016 and opened Royal Boucherie in November 2017.




Mei Lin
Mei Lin was the Top Chef season 12 winner after her 4 course menu impressed the panel.

After Top Chef, she travelled, did a number of cookery events and pop up dining experiences. Mei opened Nightshade restaurant in December 2018.




Jeremy Ford
Jeremy Ford was the Top Chef season 13 winner after his 4 course menu impressed the panel.

After Top Chef, he took a break from the kitchen before opening his own restaurant Stubborn Seed in Miami Beach. He has a second restaurant opening planned in 2020 called Afishonado.



Brooke Williamson
Brooke Williamson was the Top Chef season 14 winner after her 4 course menu impressed the panel. She was also runner up in season 10.

After Top Chef, she opened a number of restaurants with her husband Nick Roberts. Their restaurants are Hudson House, The Tripel, Playa Provisions and Da Kikokiko



Joseph Flamm
Joseph Flamm was the Top Chef season 15 winner after his 4 course menu impressed the panel.

After Top Chef, he is Executive Chef at Spiaggia & Café Spiaggia. He is now a father, his son was born in January 2019.




Joseph Flamm
Kelsey Barnard Clark was the Top Chef season 16 winner after her 4 course menu impressed the panel.

After Top Chef, she plans to use the prize money to renovate her restaurant KBC and she hopes to one day open a second restaurant.



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