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Top Chef restaurants?

lillotis Nov 3, 2008 05:27 AM

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. Miss Needle RE: lillotis Nov 3, 2008 08:20 AM

    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.

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      foodeeeee RE: Miss Needle Nov 3, 2008 06:16 PM

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

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        jbep RE: Miss Needle Nov 10, 2008 03:22 PM

        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.

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        lawgirl3278 RE: lillotis Nov 3, 2008 12:12 PM

        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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          Miss Needle RE: lawgirl3278 Nov 3, 2008 01:31 PM

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

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            folprivate RE: Miss Needle Nov 5, 2008 11:36 AM

            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.

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              Miss Needle RE: folprivate Nov 5, 2008 01:14 PM

              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.


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                fooftales RE: Miss Needle Nov 9, 2008 08:51 PM

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


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