Top Chef, August '09 -- much DC/MD love
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Profession:: Executive Chef, Abacrombie Fine Foods
Hometown: North Jersey – currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Profession:: Executive Chef, Zaytinya
Hometown: Frederick, Md. – currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
Profession:: Chef de Cuisine at Bazaar by Jose Andres
Hometown: Frederick, Md.—currently resides in Urbana, Md.
Profession:: Chef/Partner, VOLT Restaurant
Definitely should be interesting to see some local chefs/restaurants represented.. based on the meals you've had with these chefs, who would you think comes out on top?
I've had meals from three of the four (never been to Bazaar) but wouldn't try to guess based on the meals I had at their restaurant. In Top Chef they throw curveballs, cooking in a dorm room, etc. Who wins is going to be more who can adapt to the odd conditions than who does the best job in their own kitchen when they get to choose what they are going to cook. That said, I think I'd go with Michael Isabella only because I think someone who is used to making lots of different small plates will have a more flexible outlook and be better able to adapt to the timing and other handicaps.