The best chef, thankfully, it continues to stand out from its reality TV competition. Unlike other cooking shows where you can see home cooks trying to make opulent desserts, Gordon Ramsay yells at precocious kid cooks or industry professionals being forced to cook a meal with baskets full of kettle and brains. goat, the Emmy award winner is actually trying to find out who is a great chef.
What Top Chef All Stars LA Kicking off this week, he enters his 17th season of pitting the restaurant industry’s rising stars against each other in a grueling test of his creativity and skill. Judges Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons will criticize the cooks as they face challenges in Los Angeles. As we tune in to see who will be crowned the 17th winner, we wanted to check out what the previous 16 champions are up to.
Harold Dieterle (Season 1: San Francisco)
That first season I was still fixing the wrinkles a bit, without Padma Lakshmi being seen yet (Katie Lee, Billy Joel’s now ex-wife, was the host). In the final, which was held in Las Vegas, Dieterle defeated Tiffani Faison with a menu that included olive oil-poached sea bass and roasted quail. After winning, Dieterle ran three restaurants in New York’s West Village: Perilla, Kin Shop, and The Marrow. Despite strong reviews for each of the trio, he eventually shut them all down, shutting down Perilla in 2015. He returned to New York in 2017 as a consulting chef at gluten-free Italian restaurant Tali, but closed in June 2018. Dieterle now has a restaurant consulting business.
Ilan Hall (Season 2: Los Angeles)
In a season that had some controversy, with a hazing incident in which one of the contestants and Bravo didn’t actually produce a reunion show because viewers didn’t like chefs, Hall prevailed. After winning, Hall opened Gorbals in Los Angeles, where he combined his Scottish and Jewish heritage with dishes like bacon-wrapped matzo balls. He expanded the concept to the hipster enclave of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but has since closed both locations. In 2015, Hall opened the vegan Ramen Hood in Los Angeles’ Grand Central Market. She also hosted a cooking competition show of her own, the Testosterone Full Combat knife in the now defunct Red Esquire.
Hung Huynh (Season 3: Miami)
Huynh, who had cooked at Per Se and Guy Savoy before competing on the show, beat fan favorites Casey Thompson and Dale Levitski in the three-cushion final. After leaving the program, Huynh worked for the restaurant and nightlife company EMM Group for four years, helping it grow the Catch seafood restaurant around the world, from New York to Los Angeles, Dubai and Mexico City. Upon leaving EMM, Huynh worked in private events and in 2016 accepted a job as a culinary consultant for Hilton at Resorts World Bimini in the Bahamas. Late last year, he opened the Warrior Asian fusion restaurant on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip.
Stephanie Izard (Season 4: Chicago)
Izard won the season held in his own Windy City backyard, defeating Richard Blais in the final. Since then, he has built an empire in Chicago’s thriving West Loop restaurant scene. In 2010, he opened the perpetual Girl & the Goat, serving up delicious, creative and world-inspired dishes such as wood-fired roasted pork face, grilled butter chicken, and duck tartare. Shortly after, he opened Little Goat Diner and his Chinese restaurant Duck Duck Goat. Last year, at Chicago’s new Hoxton Hotel, he opened his Peruvian-influenced Goat, and this year he plans to expand to Los Angeles.
Hosea Rosenberg (Season 5: New York)
Season 5 was packed with chefs who would become fan favorites for years to come, including Fabio Viviani and Carla Hall. However, Rosenberg beat them all. The New Mexico-born chef returned to Colorado and opened Blackbelly in Boulder, later expanding it into a butcher shop. In November 2017, Rosenberg opened Santo in Boulder, a restaurant dedicated to the food of his home state, serving dishes such as Navajo fried bread and pork and potato stew with green chili.
Michael Voltaggio (season 6: Los Angeles)
The Los Angeles chef with a fondness for molecular gastronomy took on his brother Bryan all season, beating his older brother in a finale that showcased their contrasting cooking styles. Voltaggio presented …