From Reality TV to the Real World: Our Favorite Top Chef Personalities and Where You Can Find Their Food

By LL Editorial Staff

Coconut red curry bisque with shrimp dumplings. Cinnamon and saffron braised lamb shank with Israeli couscous. Beefsteak tomato salad with watermelon and feta cheese. Vanilla and lavender-scented crème brûlée with berries. Wow. I don’t know about you, but every time I watch Top Chef my mouth salivates profusely by the first commercial break. I can barely hold out long enough to find out who’s won for the week because I’m completely overcome by a single primal instinct: hunger. And I’m not talking about the “oh-I’ll-just-have-a-small-salad-please” type of hunger. Oh no. I’m talking about the “Bring-me-the-soup-salad-poultry-fish-and-steak-with-a-side-of-mashed-potatoes-and-rice-pilaf-please-and-don’t-hold-the-butter-thanks” type of hunger. Furthermore, this borderline crisis situation requires me to (temporarily, at least) ditch lofty dreams of a star appearance as America’s next culinary genius on a future season of Top Chef (please note the emphasis on lofty) and actually guarantee my howling stomach some delectable satisfaction. The personalities on the show certainly know how to make magic in the kitchen; lucky for us, they spend their days working around the country as real-life chefs (when they aren’t on TV competing for the national Top Chef title, that is). So if you’ve been dying to try Hosea’s blackened redfish or Stefan’s hickory smoked beef tenderloin, we’ve got great news for you: you can. We’ve done our homework on Season 5 so that you can get your dine on with celebrity chef cuisine. Check out what we found out about Top Chef Personalities and Where You Can Find Them.

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Hosea Rosenberg stole our hearts (but not our stomachs) when he claimed the Top Chef title at the end of season 5. If you’ve been dreaming of tasting a few dishes touched by the hand of a culinary God, head over to Jax Fish House in Boulder, Colorado, where Hosea has been executive chef for the past four and a half years. As a side note: And even though he’s brilliant in the kitchen, don’t think he only thinks with his stomach—Hosea graduated with a BS in Engineering Physics (ladies, get in line please). So head over to Boulder, and maybe even take a break from your snacking with some skiing (if you’re not in a food coma, that is).

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Carla Hall’s got great hair, no doubt, though I’m not sure that even those locks can beat her style in the kitchen. If you’re intrigued by her culinary magic, pack your appetite and head over to Washington D.C. where you’ll find Alchemy Caterers (and where Carla doubles as chef and owner). Her unique concoctions blend classic French training with the heart and soul of the South and are guaranteed to give you monumental satisfaction as you take a break from the plate and visit some of the famous landmarks featured in our nation’s capital.