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TaterTot31 Jan 2, 2008 09:53 PM

Can anyone give a list of all the Top Chef alum restaurants in manhattan? I want to go on a little marathon of sorts!

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  1. MMRuth RE: TaterTot31 Jan 3, 2008 03:21 AM

    Perilla is Harold's. I think I've seen a post about Dave having a place, but don't remember the name - a search might garner it for you. And of course Casa Mono is where Ilan used to work - and where he got his "winning" fideos dish.

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      harrison RE: MMRuth Jan 3, 2008 04:58 AM

      Crave is Dave's place - 42nd/11th.

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        NinaS RE: harrison Dec 10, 2008 12:50 PM

        Looks like Crave recently closed its doors.

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      sam1 RE: doona Jan 3, 2008 05:57 AM

      i dont watch the show but i dont think anyone from little owl is from there...joey campanero is the chef...a harrison/pace alum...

      as for perilla, i finally had dinner there a week ago after being very impressed by their lunch.

      my duck entree was absolutely delicious. the spicy duck meatballs were ok but nothing amazing.

      i really enjoyed my dinner...great room, excellent and friendly service...

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        Stuffed Monkey RE: sam1 Jan 3, 2008 06:46 AM

        Joey lost to Cat Cora on Iron Chef

      2. JungMann RE: TaterTot31 Jan 3, 2008 06:22 AM

        Little Owl is not headed by a Top Chef alum. The alums have been/are at:

        Miguel Morales - sous-chef at Mandarin Oriental
        Lee Anne Wong - French Culinary Institute
        Suyai Steinhauer - Fork Meal Delivery Services
        Josie Smith-Malave - formerly of Marlow and Sons now owns a couple spaces in Queens
        Sam Talbot - formerly of Black Duck, Punch, now consulting
        Ilan Hall - formerly of Casa Mono, now wasting space
        Camille Becerra - Paloma (in Bklyn, I believe)
        Lia Bardeen - Jean-Georges
        Joey Paulino - Café des Artistes
        Sara Nguyen - Sous-chef at Boucarou
        Harold Dieterle - Perilla
        Dave Martin - Crave on 42nd

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          josephsm RE: JungMann Jan 3, 2008 09:27 AM

          Wasn't Cliff linked to NYC somehow or am I misremembering? You know, the guy thrown off for roughhousing Marcel.

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            Miss Needle RE: josephsm Jan 3, 2008 09:46 AM

            Yes, Cliff was associated with Salute on Madison and 37th.

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              TBird RE: Miss Needle Jul 12, 2008 02:13 PM

              i never watched the show but went to crave on 42nd last night and had a really good experience. lots of decent wines by the glass, magic hat on tap, the famous mac n cheese held up, the meat pizza was perfect. next time i'd skip the white bean dip, but that's about it. dave was on hand smiling and meeting with the customers.

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            thew RE: JungMann Jul 12, 2008 02:26 PM

            you left of the kiwi guy.. what was his name? mark, right? he was sous chef at public

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              skgchow RE: thew Dec 10, 2008 09:42 AM

              I think Mark is at Double Crown now.

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              DrSessions RE: JungMann Jul 16, 2008 10:23 PM

              I remember seeing Cliff as someone's sous chef on Iron Chef in a repeat recently too...

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              Emma01 RE: TaterTot31 Jul 12, 2008 03:01 PM

              Let's not forget Lisa Fernandes - finalist in the last series who works at Mai House in Tribeca (Franklin St).

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                jeanki RE: Emma01 Jul 13, 2008 06:41 AM

                Isn't Spike also at Mai House (or was?) I know Andrew is at Le Cirque.

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                msohenry RE: TaterTot31 Jul 12, 2008 03:19 PM

                24 Prince is Nikki from the most recent season's restaurant down in Nolita.

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                  Snaps RE: TaterTot31 Jul 13, 2008 05:42 PM

                  I believe Dale from the latest season is still working at Buddakhan - I saw him standing outside there today....

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                    BW212 RE: Snaps Jul 14, 2008 06:47 AM

                    Hung is working at a Kosher restaurant temporarily. Anyone remember the name?

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                      MMRuth RE: BW212 Jul 14, 2008 06:52 AM

                      Solo, I believe.

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                    mwh RE: TaterTot31 Jul 14, 2008 05:46 PM

                    sam is at surf lodge in montauk, a new 'super-cool', but also fun place on the pond. i wanted to like it more than i did. i was underwhelmed by the food, but my husband like the popcorn ceviche and a calamari dish that, to me, tasted like chili. the corn salad was excellent, but difficult to mess up in the summer with totally fresh ingredients.

                    1. Miss Needle RE: TaterTot31 Jul 17, 2008 07:42 AM

                      Just read that Ilan Hall may be coming back to NY to work as EC at a Spanish restaurant in the meatpacking district. I found it funny that the article said:

                      "But if things get off the ground, the place will presumably feature food in the vein of Hall’s previous employ at Casa Mono"


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                        fatema RE: TaterTot31 Dec 10, 2008 12:25 PM


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                          Miss Needle RE: fatema Dec 11, 2008 10:42 AM

                          Great link! Thanks!

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                          mieliepap32 RE: TaterTot31 Dec 10, 2008 04:42 PM

                          I've been to Perilla, Crave and 24 Prince- they were all really good (i think i was more excited to see and meet the Top Chef's!) Perilla was fantastic, Crave was wholesome and delicious- that Mac and Cheese was AMAZING! so upset that they are closing. 24 Prince was good- Nikki was sweet.

                          Anyone have more info on Solo? I thought that he was a "guest chef" there for a while??

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                            misnatalie RE: mieliepap32 Dec 10, 2008 05:11 PM

                            The is a Top Chef restaurant finder by Bravo

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                              pizzajunkie RE: mieliepap32 Dec 11, 2008 09:25 AM

                              Went to Perilla a year ago (I live in New Orleans) and just loved everything. The duck meatballs were great, but so was everything else. Great space and location, excellent service. I will be back next time I'm in NYC!

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