SEASON 3 WINNER
Executive chef at three restaurants, including the fish-centric Catch NYC and Catch Miami. The Top Chef
effect: "My life is great now. I enjoy being recognized by my peers and fans."
SEASON 5 WINNER
Chef/owner of Blackbelly Catering in Boulder, Colo. Fave Top Chef
memory: "Going to New Orleans. I'd never been there before the show, and now it's become my favorite city."
SEASON 1 WINNER
Chef/co-owner of NYC restaurants Perilla, Kin Shop and the Marrow. "Part of my Top Chef
prize was a trip to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, where I met my wife-we got married in 2010."
SEASON 4 WINNER
Just opened her second Chicago restaurant-Little Goat-and launched her own product line. Her biggest milestone out of the kitchen? "I'm getting married in October. I'm really excited."
SEASON 5 FAN FAVORITE
He just opened his third Italian restaurant, Chicago's Siena Tavern, and has a cookbook coming in April. Lesson learned from Top Chef
: "Stick to cooking what you know best."
SEASON 2 WINNER
Launched his restaurant the Gorbals (featuring Scottish-Jewish fare) in L.A. in 2009. Biggest life change since Top Chef
? "My girlfriend and I have a 2-year-old son named Theo," says Hall.
SEASON 5 RUNNER-UP
Cohost of ABC's
and owner of the cookie company Alchemy by Carla Hall. What Top Chef
taught her: "I learned how tenacious I am."
SEASON 6 WINNER
Chef/owner of the L.A. restaurant Ink and its offshoot ink.sack. Best lesson he learned from Top Chef
: "Listen to the people you are cooking for."
SEASON 7 WINNER
Chef and owner of Sbraga in Philadelphia. "The most important thing I learned from Top Chef
was to cook from my heart, to be myself and to continue to push myself."
SEASON 9 WINNER
Set to open his restaurant QUI in Austin this spring. His mission outside the kitchen: "According to my fiancee, I need to stop opening restaurants so we can get married."
SEASON 8 WINNER
Runs five restaurants, including Atlanta's Flip Burger Boutique, and has a new cookbook. "The show changed my career from walking up a staircase to jumping on an escalator."
SEASON 3 ALSO-RAN
Judge on ABC's The Taste
and an executive chef/partner in several restaurants. "My favorite Top Chef
memory was the two times Anthony Bourdain tried to kick me off!"
His latest restaurant is Washington, D.C.'s Range
Founded Modern Global Tasting catering company
Chef/owner of Sweet Cheeks Q in Boston
Author of The Sweet Life: Diabetes Without Boundaries
Set to depart on the Top Chef
cruise in April
Exec chef at Chicago's Sprout and Frog N Snail
Opening his restaurant Gunshow in Atlanta in April