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Nov 3, 2008 05:27 AM

Top Chef restaurants?

Is there a listing online anywhere of all of the restaurants owned by or stafed by former Top Chef contestants. My husband is a huge fan and I would love to take him to one of the chef's restaurants within a 6 hour drive of Philadelphia (NY, Boston, DC, etc...)

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  1. I don't know if there's a listing anywhere. But off the top of my head, this is what I have (some of the chefs aren't there anymore):

    Season 1
    Harold Dieterle -- Perilla (NYC)
    Miguel -- Asiate (NYC)

    Season 2
    Ilan Hall -- Casa Mono (NYC) -- not there anymore
    Sam Talbot -- Surf Lodge (Montauk, NY)
    Cliff Crooks -- Salute (NYC) -- not there anymore
    Josie Smith Malave -- Marlow and Sons (Brooklyn) -- not there anymore

    Season 3
    Hung Huynh -- Solo (NYC)
    Joey -- Cafe des Artistes (NYC)
    Sara Ngueyn -- Boucarou (NYC) -- not there anymore
    Camille Becerra -- Paloma (Brooklyn)

    Season 4
    Nikki Cascone -- 24 Prince (NYC)
    Dale Talde -- Buddakan (NYC) -- not sure if he's still there
    Andrew D'Ambrosi -- Le Cirque (NYC)
    Lisa Fernandes -- Mai House (NYC) -- not there anymore
    Spike -- Mai House (NYC) -- not there anymore; Good Stuff Eatery (DC)
    Manuel -- Dos Caminos (NYC) -- not there anymore; Avoce (NYC)
    Mark -- Public (NYC)

    I don't think some of the restaurants are worth a drive from Philly (eg. Prince 24, Salute). From this list, my choice just based on food would be Perilla, Avoce and Casa Mono.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Miss Needle

      I've eaten at The Surf Lodge... it's amazing, the atmosphere is beachy and the ingredients are are very fresh

      1. re: Miss Needle

        Otto Borsich from Season Two is at Mahimah in Virginia Beach. My wife and daughter were there a few days ago and found it unremarkable -- particularly the fermenting applesauce with the kids meal.

      2. I think Dave from Season 1 has a homey little bistro, I can't remember the name. I've been to Perilla and it's definitely worth checking out if you're in NYC.

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        1. re: lawgirl3278

          The restaurant Dave worked as was called Crave. It closed down recently.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            That is too bad. We were there in September and the food and service was excellent and reasonable for New York. It was off the beaten path though.

            1. re: folprivate

              Off the beaten path was right. Very strange location.

              There was a fire at Camille's restaurant last night. So that's off the list for now.


              1. re: Miss Needle

                very bad fire. one staffer injured, another lost everything as her apartment was upstairs. more from the website: