Flanked by bags of Good Stuff and bottles of Boylan Soda, Spike Mendelsohn chucks a deuce at his premiere party for Top Chef Season 7
DC food folk love Bravo’s Top Chef. For six seasons, we’ve watched some of the nation’s best chefs mold young culinary talent in the weekly elimination reality TV series. In Season 6, locally based talent fared pretty well and since Season 7, Hail to the Chef, is based in Washington, DC, Season 4 alum and local burger and soon to be pizza peddler Spike Mendelsohn teamed up with Washingtonian Magazine to throw a Top Chef DC premiere watch party at his wildly popular burger spot in SE Washington DC, Good Stuff Eatery.
Tantalized by samples of Good Stuff’s superlative milkshakes and the opportunity to share space with Spike, hundreds packed into the bi-level burger hut – some even watched the premiere! Those who managed a gander at the televisions may have noticed two Washington, DC area chefs among the 17 new cheftestants.
Standing room only at Good Stuff Eatery for the Top Chef Season 7 Premiere
Cheftestant and Barbados native Tamesha Warren resides in DC and is the sous chef at Ashok Bajaj’s The Oval Room in downtown Washington, DC. Her French and Asian influenced modern American cooking kept her in the running for at least one more week. Washington, DC native Timothy Dean currently resides in Baltimore where he is the chef/owner of Prime Steakhouse. He came out of the gate strong with success in the quick-fire challenge, but ended at the bottom of his group in the elimination challenge. Despite the scare, Timothy Dean will also be around at least one more week.
John Somerville, chef de cuisine of The Lark in Bloomfield, Michigan wasn’t as fortunate. His maple-less maple mousse served in store-bought pastry was just blah enough to send the twice James Beard Award-nominated chef home, with knives packed.
Season 7 of Top Chef promises to be the best ever and Washington, DC people and places will be on full display. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, White House chef Sam Kass, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia and CIA Director Leon Panetta will be featured, and celebrity chef and Foggy Bottom’s West End Bistro owner Eric Ripert joins the show as a regular guest judge. The cheftestants will even take over the concessions at the Nationals Stadium (too bad they couldn’t work Strasburg in).
The winning chef will not only earn the title of “Top Chef”; there is $125,000 cash for the taking from sponsor Dial Nutriskin, a feature in Food & Wine magazine and a coveted showcase at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
Stay tuned! Who will be Season 7’s Top Chef?