Bay Area’s ‘Top Chef’ Contestants: Where Are These TV Favorites Now?

03 / 2024 | by: USA News Site

Bravo’s wildly popular, enduring “Top Chef” competition series launched in 2006 in the foodie capital of San Francisco without a single local “cheftestant.” But in the years since, a sizeable number of NorCal contestants have participated in the fast-paced competition. Although all but one were asked to “pack your knives and go,” the show propelled them to do great things in the culinary world, including owning their own restaurants, writing cookbooks and inspiring the next generation of chefs.


Casey Thompson has been executive chef of Sonoma’s Folktable, a Michelin Bib Gourmand honoree, since the restaurant opened in 2020. (Photo courtesy of Erika Cole/Folktable)


CASEY THOMPSON (Season 3, Miami, 2007): After the competition, Texas native Thompson, the “fan favorite” and a finalist, expanded her skill set in Argentina’s Malbec country and other

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