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With the finale of Season 11 of Top Chef quickly approaching, we at Menuism thought it was the perfect time to check in on all our favorite past cheftestants. This list isn’t exhaustive (Season 11 isn’t here at all, and we skipped a lot of catering companies), but it’s probably the most extensive one out there. Sort by season or city and state. Feel free to report additions or corrections in the comments. And don’t forget to tell us, who’s your favorite Top Chef?

Top Chefs - Where Are They Now?
Name Season Restaurant City State
Alex Eusebio 5 Sweetsalt Food Shop Los Angeles CA
Alex Reznik 7 Ditmas Los Angeles CA
Andrew D'Ambrosi 4 Bergen Hill New York NY
Angelo Sosa 7 Añejo Tequileria (NYC) and Poppy Den (Las Vegas) New York NY
Antonia Lofaso 4 & 8 Black Market Liquor Bar Los Angeles CA
Ariane Duarte 5 CulinAriane Restaurant Montclair NJ
Arnold Myint 7 [email protected]; PM; Suzy Wong's House of Yum and blvd nashville Nashville TN
Ash Fulk 6 Hill Country New York NY
Ashley Merriman 6 The Waverly Inn New York NY
Bart Vandaele 10 Belga Café and B Too Washington DC
Betty Fraser 2 Grub Hollywood CA
Beverly Kim 9 Aria Chicago IL
Brian Malarkey 3 Gingham; Searsucker San Diego; Searsucker Scottsdale; Searsucker Del Mar; Searsucker Austin; Burlap; Gabardine and Herringbone San Diego CA
Brooke Williamson 10 Hudson House (Redondo); The Tripel and Playa Provisions Playa del Rey CA
Bryan Voltaggio 6 Volt; Lunchbox; Family Meal and Range Frederick MD
Carla Hall 5 & 8 Alchemy by Carla Hall and Co-host of ABC's The Chew Silver Spring MD
Carla Pellegrino 10 Meatball Spot; Bacio and Bratalian Las Vegas NV
Chris "CJ" Jacobson 3 Girasol Los Angeles CA
Chris Crary 9 41 Ocean Club Santa Monica CA
Chris Jones 9 Moto Chicago IL
Chrissy Camba 10 Bar Pastoral Chicago IL
Cliff Crooks 2 BLT Steak New York NY
Dakota Weiss 9 W Los Angeles Los Angeles CA
Dale Levitski 3 & 8 Sprout and Frog n Snail Chicago IL
Dale Talde 4 Talde; ThistleHill Tavern and Pork Slope Brooklyn NY
Danny Gagnon 5 Babylon Carriage House Suffolk NY
Danyele McPherson 10 The Grape Dallas TX
Ed Cotton 7 Fishtail by David Burke and David Burke Townhouse New York NY
Edward Lee 9 610 Magnolia and MilkWood Louisville KY
Eli Kirshtein 6 The Luminary (opening Spring 2014) Atlanta GA
Elia Aboumrad 2 & 8 Gorge West Hollywood CA
Eliza Gavin 10 221 South Oak Telluride CO
Emily Sprissler 2 Le Diplomate Washington DC
Eve Aronoff 6 Frita Batidos Ann Arbor MI
Fabio Viviani 5 Cafe Firenze; Firenze Osteria and Siena Tavern (Chicago) Los Angeles CA
Floyd Cardoz 3 North End Grill New York NY
Grayson Schmitz 9 Willow Road New York NY
Harold Dieterle 1 - Winner Perilla; Kin Shop; The Marrow New York NY
Heather Terhune 9 Sable Kitchen & Bar Chicago IL
Hosea Rosenberg 5 - Winner BlackbellyCatering Denver CO
Howie Kleinberg 3 Bulldog Barbecue North Miami FL
Hung Huynh 3 - Winner CatchNYC; Catch Miami; The General New York NY
Ilan Hall 2 - Winner The Gorbals Los Angeles CA
Jeff McInnis 5 Root & Bone (with Season 11 contestant Janine Booth New York NY
Jen Zavala 6 Cherry Bomb Bus Philadelphia PA
Jennifer Biesty 4 Shakewell Bar & Kitchen Oakland CA
Jesse Sandlin 6 Vino Rosina Baltimore MD
Joey Paulino 3 Uncle Jack's Steakhouse New York NY
John Somerville 7 The Lark West Bloomfield MI
John Tesar 10 Spoon Bar & Kitchen Dallas TX
Joshua Valentine 10 The George Oklahoma City OK
Josie Smith-Malave 2 & 10 Thee Parkside San Francisco CA
Keith Rhodes 9 Catch Wilmington NC
Kelly Liken 7 Kelly Liken Vail CO
Kevin Gillespie 6 Gunshow Atlanta GA
Kevin Sbraga 7 - Winner Sbraga Philadelphia PA
Kristen Kish 10 - Winner Menton Boston MA
Kuniko Yagi 10 Hinoki & The Bird and Comme Ca Los Angeles CA
Leah Cohen 5 Pig and Khao New York NY
Lisa Fernandes 4 Bill's Bar and Burger New York NY
Manuel Trevino 4 Marble Lane and Lavo New York NY
Mark Simmons 4 Kiwiana Brooklyn NY
Melissa Harrison 5 Seasonal Bozeman Bozeman MT
Mia Gaines-Alt 2 Hotel Molokai Kaunakakai HI
Micah Edelstein 3 neMesis Bistro Miami FL
Micah Fields 10 The Standard Los Angeles CA
Michael Midgley 2 Ernie's Food & Spirits Manteca CA
Michael Voltaggio 6 - Winner ink. Los Angeles CA
Miguel Morales 1 Mandarin Oriental New York NY
Mike Isabella 6 & 8 Graffiato; Kapnos; G Sandwich and G Grab and Go (Edison; NJ) Washington DC
Nimma Osman 4 Sun in My Belly Atlanta GA
Nyesha Arrington 9 Wilshire Santa Monica CA
Paul Qui 9 - Winner Qui; Uchiko Austin TX
Preeti Mistry 6 Juhu Beach Club Oakland CA
Richard Blais 4 & 8 - Winner (Season 8) The Spence; Flip Burger Boutique and HD1 Atlanta GA
Richard Sweeney 5 R-Gang Eatery San Diego CA
Richie Farina 9 Moto Chicago IL
Robin Leventhal 6 Local 360 Seattle WA
Ron Duprat 6 Johnny Brown's Fort Myers FL
Ryan Scott 4 Market & Rye San Francisco CA
Sam Talbot 2 Surf Lodge Montauk NY
Sandee Birdsong 3 Producer on Fox's MasterChef
Sara Mair 3 Ortanique Kirkcaldy Grand Cayman
Sarah Grueneberg 9 Spiaggia Chicago IL
Sheldon Simeon 10 Star Noodle (Lahaina); Mala Wailea and Migrant (Kihei) Maui HI
Spike Mendelsohn 4 & 8 Good Stuff Eatery; We The Pizza and Bearnaise Washington DC
Stefan Richter 5 & 10 Stefan's at L.A. Farm Santa Monica CA
Stephanie Izard 4 - Winner Girl & the Goat and Little Goat Chicago IL
Stephen Hopcraft 7 STK Las Vegas Las Vegas NV
Tamesha Warren 7 The Oval Room Washington DC
Tiffani Faison 1 & 8 Sweet Cheeks Boston MA
Tiffany Derry 7 & 8 Private Social Dallas TX
Timothy Dean 7 TBD Burger Washington DC
Tracey Bloom 7 Ray's on the Creek Alpharetta GA
Tre Wilcox 3 Village Marquee Grill Dallas TX
Ty-Lör Boring 9 Hill Country New York NY
Tyler Wiard 10 Elway’s Denver CO
Valerie Bolon 4 Culinary Speakeasy Underground Dinner Club Chicago IL
Whitney Otawka 9 Cinco y Diez Athens GA
Zoi Antonitsas 4 Westward Seattle WA

Posted by on January 29th, 2014

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Kim Kohatsu judges the quality of her relationships on the ability to share food. If she can't split an appetizer with you, in her eyes, you are pretty much worthless. Kim's current food adventures revolve around ramen, sushi, Indian curries, Sichuan food, and fried chicken. Oh, and cheeseburgers. Kim loves a good cheeseburger.

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