Since debuting in 2006, chefs of various experience levels, approaches to cooking and cuisine specialties have competed for the coveted and now revered title of “Top Chef.” Over the years Bravo’s Emmy-winning food series has made household names of hosts Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Padma Lakshmi as well as taught viewers what an amuse bouche is, that complicated dishes can be cooked in 30 minutes or less and why desserts are most chefs’ Achilles heel. Click through our photo gallery above that highlights all of the past “Top Chef” winners, from Harold Dieterle to the most recent.
Two of the most notable former champions are Richard Blais and Brooke Williamson. Blais claimed the title during the All-Stars cycle back in 2011 while Williamson is the most recent addition to the winners list thanks to 2017’s season in Charleston. Both contestants were previously runners-up in earlier editions (Blais in Season 4, Williamson in Season 10) and were brought back by producers because of their raw talent.
Richard’s winning meal in Season 8 was a four-course tasting menu that included raw oysters with creme fraiche pearls and salsa verde, raw hamachi with fried veal sweetbreads and garlic mayonnaise and pickled celery, pork belly and black cod cutlet with bone marrow, beets, brussel sprouts and kumquat, beef short rib with mushrooms, red cabbage marmalade and celery root horseradish puree, and cornbread with foie gras ice cream and whipped mango.
Brooke’s winning meal in Season 14 was a four-course progressive meal that included warm oyster with grilled Swiss chard and bacon, charred octopus with orange annatto seafood broth, radish, garlic puree and garlic chips, braised pork belly and beans with charred onion and purslane, and aged rum and chamomile flan with candied cashews.
With only five contestants left in “Top Chef: Colorado,” who do YOU think has the chops to join this exclusive winners list? Based on exclusive Gold Derby predictions, here are the current placements for the Final 5: Carrie Baird comes in first place to win with 6/5 odds, followed by Joe Sasto in second at 10/3 odds, Bruce Kalman in third with 13/2 odds, Adrienne Cheatham in fourth with 9/1 odds and Christopher Scott in fifth with 12/1 odds.
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