Cheftestants: Where Are They Now?

Life After “Top Chef” for Voltaggio, Mendelsohn & Scott

Posted by Sharon on Jun 10

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It's fair to say that the "Top Chef" series, however fascinating it may be to some or marketing stir-crazy it may be to others, is one of the quickest launching mechanisms for any chef into the world of culinary popularity. The ride lasts for a season, and if the contestants are lucky, the ride continues well into their future with a star-studded career.

With the "Top Chef Masters" finale this week, as well as the next season of "Top Chef" in D.C. soon to premiere, now's a good time to revisit some of the stand-out favorites from the past and see where they're at in their careers nowadays:

Michael Voltaggio, winner of Season 6, recently got a tattoo to support one of his favorite charities. The red, partially-eaten apple logo on his right calf represents Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization committed to ending child hunger across the nation. "For me, tattoos are like a roadmap to someone's life. This is something I'm really passionate about," Voltaggio said.

Spike Mendelsohn, contestant from Season 4, published his first cookbook last month titled "The Good Stuff Cookbook: Burgers, fries, shakes, wedges, and more." It's based on his experience at the Good Stuff Eatery, which opened in 2008 in Washington, D.C.  Mendelsohn says that the recipes are “not really gourmet. Chef-y. Sometimes, you lose what a burger is by putting pate or foie gras all over it.” Flip to the burgers section for his take on a "Prez Obama Burger" made with horseradish mayo, quick-pickled red onions, and crisp bacon.

Ryan Scott, another fellow contestant from Season 4, will be a special guest star on the TLC series "Food Buddha" with Chef Rodelio Aglibot. According to the show's description, Scott will give Chef Rodelio a guided culinary tour of the San Francisco area with what is expected to be a "complete taste biography of the chefs and the food spirit of the City by the Bay."

And if that's not enough, die-hard fans can still see the most recent "Top Chef" crew on the road during its 2010 Tour for sampling the chefs' cuisine, playing games for prizes, meet-and-greet sessions, and a photo at the Judges' Table. The tour dates are just finishing up with the last stop currently scheduled on June 19 in Phoenix, AZ.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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