Bay Area restaurants (and one caterer) whose chefs competed on Iron Chef, Top Chef and/or Top Chef Masters
Pastry chef Tim Nugent competed on season 1 of Top Chef: Just Desserts, and current exec chef Jen Biesty competed on Top Chef when she was at COCO500.
Chef and restaurateur Traci des Jardins was on both Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters.
Chef Hubert Keller was a runner-up in season 1 of Top Chef Masters, and a regular judge on Top Chef.
Mourad won against Iron Chef Cat Cora in season 7 of Iron Chef America.
We prefer to sit at the wine bar and split our way down the menu. It's a more casual, fun experience and you get to schmooze with the staff.
Chef Cosentino has been on all the competition shows, and won the most recent season of Top Chef Masters.
Still got it after all these years. I actively crave the crab cellophane noodles.
Chef Charles Phan competed against Iron Chef Cat Cora in season 7 of Iron Chef America.
Chef Dominique Crenn gave competitors a run for the money on The Next Iron Chef.
Yigit Pura's cookbook, Sweet Alchemy, comes out in Fall 2013.
Chef Laurine Wickett Hope competed on Top Chef Season 6.
Chef Jen Biesty was with COCO500 when she competed on Top Chef, but is now executive chef at Scala's Bistro.