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Top Chef Season 17 Contestants Where are they now?

Top Chef Season 17 All Stars Contestants Where Are They Now

Top Chef is a cookery competition reality television show that sees 15 chefs compete to be named the Top Chef after completing a number of challenges to avoid elimination from the competition.

Top Chef is judged by a panel of professional chefs and culinary, food and drink experts from around the world.

There was a $200,000 cash prize and Top Chef 2020 was hosted in LA. Top Chef Season 17 was an All Stars season.

Find out what the Top Chef season 17 cast did next after appearing on Top Chef. Top Chef Season 17 contestants what happened next?

Angelo Sosa Top Chef Angelo Sosa was a Culinary Director from San Diego, California and originally appeared in Top Chef seasons 7 and 8.

Angelo was eliminated in Top Chef season 17 episode 2 after his tuna curry dish had a disappointing broth and didn't quite come together.

After Top Chef, Angelo is Culinary Director at Small Barn and volunteers to help serve food in the community as a part of Feeding San Diego.


Brian Malarkey Top Chef Brian Malarkey was a Executive Chef/Restaurant Owner from San Diego, California and originally appeared in Top Chef season 3.

Brian was eliminated in Top Chef season 17 episode 11 after his dual veal dish was branded as being confused and mismatched.

After Top Chef, Brian returned to being Executive Chef at his restaurant Herb & Wood and Animae. He also offers virtual cookery lessons on his website.


Bryan Voltaggio Top Chef Bryan Voltaggio was an Executive Chef and Restaurant owner from Frederick, Maryland and originally appeared in Top Chef season 6 and Top Chef Masters 5.

Bryan was a Top Chef season 17 runner up after serving an overly thick chocolate mousse. His lasagne and monkfish dishes impress the judges although there is disagreement between the judges on the focaccia.

After Top Chef, Bryan returned to Maryland and the restaurants that he co-owns with his brother Michael.


Eric Adjepong Top Chef Eric Adjepong was an Executive Chef and Restaurant owner from Washington, DC and originally appeared in Top Chef season 16.

Eric was eliminated in Top Chef season 17 episode 7 during the Restaurant Wars challenge as the judges weren't impressed with either his duck or shrimp dish and found the concept muddled.

After Top Chef, Eric returned to Pinch & Plate and plans to open his own counter On The Double in 2020. Eric did a pop up dinner of his finale meal and has done virtual Zoom cookery classes.


Gregory Gourdet Top Chef Gregory Gourdet was a Director of Culinary Operations from Portland, Oregon and originally appeared in Top Chef season 12.

Gregory was eliminated in Top Chef season 17 episode 12 after the judges couldn't taste the truffle in his Wild boar and truffle dish.

After Top Chef, Gregory returned to his position as Director of Culinary Operations at Departure, spent time working on his cookbook and hosted online cookery classes. He has put a hold on his plans to open a restaurant.


Jamie Lynch Jamie Lynch was a Chef/Partner of three restaurants from Charlotte, North Carolina and originally appeared in Top Chef season 14.

Jamie was eliminated in Top Chef season 17 episode 3 after he runs out of time and serves his chicken dish without the jus, which lets the dish down as the judges were impressed with the presentation.

After Top Chef, Jamie returned to his previous restaurants and his farm. He plans to open two new restaurants Church and Union and Tempest in the Winter of 2020.


Jennifer Carroll Jennifer Carroll was a catering company owner and Restaurant co-owner/chef from Washington, DC and originally appeared in Top Chef seasons 6 and 8.

Jennifer was eliminated in Top Chef season 17 episode 5 after he runs out of time and serves his chicken dish without the jus, which lets the dish down as the judges were impressed with the presentation.

After Top Chef, Jennifer returned to the restaurant she co-owns and to her catering company Carroll Couture Cuisine. Jen has done a number of pop up dining events.


Joe Sasto Joe Sasto was a Chef and Culinary Consultant from Los Angeles, California and originally appeared in Top Chef season 15.

Joe was eliminated in Top Chef season 17 episode 1 after his flatbread became soggy and there was too much going on with the dish.

After Top Chef, Joe hosted online pasta cookery courses and hosted pop up dinners.


Karen Akunowicz Karen Akunowicz was a Chef/Restaurant owner from Boston, Massachusetts and originally appeared in Top Chef season 13.

Karen was eliminated in Top Chef season 17 episode 6 but won back her place in Last Chance Kitchen before being eliminated again in Top Chef Season 17 episode 10 after her duck dish wasn't consistently cooked and was an uneven cut.

After Top Chef, Karen returned to being Head Chef at Fox & the Knife, the restaurant she owns and Fox Pasta, where she offers fresh pasta and sauces.


Kevin Gillespie Kevin Gillespie was a Chef/Restaurant owner from Atlanta, Georgia and originally appeared in Top Chef season 6.

Kevin was eliminated in Top Chef season 17 episode 8 but re-entered the competition in episode 11 after winning Last Chance Kitchen. He was re-eliminated in episode 13 after he spoiled his pasta e fagioli with cheese and his coppa was dry and tough.

After Top Chef, Kevin returned to his Red Beard chain of restaurants serving takeout and donated a number of meals to locals in need.


Lee Anne Wong Lee Anne Wong was an Executive Chef and Restaurant owner from Maui, Hawaii and originally appeared in Top Chef seasons 1 and 15.

Lee Anne was eliminated in Top Chef season 17 episode 9 after her oven was set to steam instead of bake for her clafoutis dish and her donuts were dense.

After Top Chef, Lee Anne returned to working as Executive Chef at the Pioneer Inn and Executive Chef for Hawaiian airlines. She continues to own Koko Head Cafe and has plans to open a restaurant in Tokyo by 2021. Lee Anne was forced to postpone her wedding in April 2020.


Lisa Fernandes Lisa Fernandes was an Executive Chef and Restaurant owner from Brooklyn, New York and originally appeared in Top Chef season 4.

Lisa was eliminated in Top Chef season 17 episode 4 after her brussel sprout dish was branded as clunky by Padma.

After Top Chef, Lisa returned to her restaurant Sweet Chili NYC, open for takeout and delivery.


Melissa King Melissa King was a chef and brand ambassador from San Francisco, California and originally appeared in Top Chef season 12.

Melissa was the Top Chef season 17 winner after impressing the judges with her Italian and Chinese flavour combination and her range of techniques.

After Top Chef, Melissa returned to her company providing culinary services and partnerships. She has hosted a number of virtual cookery demonstrations.


Nini Nguyen Nini Nguyen was a Chef Instructor and Recipe Developer from New York City and originally appeared in Top Chef season 16.

Nini was eliminated in Top Chef season 17 episode 6 after her and Karen's Umami/Sour dish was branded as incomplete and too sweet.

After Top Chef, Nini returned to being a chef, instructor and recipe developer and offered virtual cookery classes on her website.


Stephanie Cmar Stephanie Cmar was a Private Chef from Boston, Massachusetts and originally appeared in Top Chef season 11.

Stephanie was a Top Chef season 17 runner up after serving a dry veal dish. Her sticky toffee pudding and Taleggio cappelletti dish was well received by the judges,

After Top Chef, Stephanie hosts a weekly cookery show on Instagram.


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This post was last updated in May 2020.

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