Spiaggia’s Chef Joe Flamm took home top prize in last night’s “Top Chef” finale episode, joining Stephanie Izard as the second Chicagoan to hold the title.
But there are a host of other locals who have ranked highly on the show. Here’s our comprehensive list — and we’d recommend getting a reso at their restaurants, stat.
Stephanie Izard: The food QUEEN is a partner with Boka Group, and helms Girl & the Goat, Little Goat and Duck Duck Goat, not to mention Goat Group Catering and a line of sauces and marinades, This Little Goat, inspired by global flavors. Plus she won Season 4 of “Top Chef.” Phew.
Fabio Viviani: The fan favorite from Season 5, Viviani is the charming chef and partner at DineAmic Group’s Siena Tavern and Bar Siena, and has a line of wines, three cookbooks, food porn emojis and always something else up his sleeve.
Sarah Grueneberg: The boss babe was runner up in Season 9, and previously held a Michelin star as executive chef at Spiaggia (which new winner Joe Flamm now helms). Now, she’s got James Beard award for the West Loop’s Monteverde.
Katsuji Tanabe: He placed sixth on Season 12, but Tanabe is top in our hearts — and he will be in yours as well as too as you try his octopus tacos at Barrio. He joined the DineAmic crew last year to open the Mexican restaurant.
Honorable mentions: Flamm’s runner-up Adrienne Cheatham lives in New York but grew up in Hyde Park, and “Top Chef” judge Graham Elliot is behind the West Loop’s must-try Gideon Sweet, which opened last year. Rick Bayless — the food king behind Frontera, Topolobampo, Leña Brava and Xoco — won “Top Chef Masters.”
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