Atlanta Area Chefs on Food Network and Top Chef

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Cooking shows and chef competitions are very popular these days, and it is always fun to cheer for your hometown chef. What's even more fun is dining at restaurants run by these celebrity chefs when they come home to Atlanta. Find out which Atlanta chefs have been featured on Food Network, Top Chef and more - plus where you can go to try their food.

  • 01 of 07

    Richard Blais

    Who could forget Richard Blais and his faux-hawk on Top Chef's Season 4? A front-runner from the start, he wowed everyone with his molecular gastronomy (aka lots of liquid nitrogen). Richard made it to the final round and finished as the runner-up. He then returned ​to Top Chef All-Stars and took home first place.

    Atlanta locals and visitors can sample Richard's cuisine at several restaurants in town. Blais has opened two locations of FLIP Burger - an innovative and modern burger joint with milkshakes featuring his famous liquid nitrogen - plus a fancy sausage restaurant called HD1 in Poncey-Highland. He is also opening the more upscale restaurant The Spence in the summer of 2012 on Tech Square.

  • 02 of 07

    Kevin Gillespie

    Kevin Gillespie was a well-liked contestant on Bravo's Top Chef Season 6. He stuck around for quite a while and was voted fan favorite.

    Kevin is back in Atlanta and heading up the kitchen at seasonally-driven ​Woodfire Grill on Cheshire Bridge Road. Reservations are strongly suggested at the restaurant - it was popular before and it's even more popular since Kevin's stint on Top Chef!

  • 03 of 07

    Eli Kirshtein

    Season 6 of Top Chef was packed with Atlanta chef-testants, including Eli Kirshtein Kirshtein was the chef at Eno in Midtown, now closed. He headed to New York where he's been working, consulting and doing fun projects like staring into a Spider-Man comic book. He says his current ambitions are to open a small restaurant with market-driven, affordable, seasonal food.

  • 04 of 07

    Hector Santiago

    Hector Santiago spent a short time on Top Chef alongside Kevin Gillespie and Eli K in season 6. Santiago runs the uber-popular Pura Vida in Poncey-Highland, one of Atlanta’s best tapas restaurants! He also recently started Super Pan, a lunch-only sandwich spot with a cult following.

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  • 05 of 07

    Janine Falvo

    In 2011, Top Chef Season 9 hosted Atlanta-based Janine Falvo of Briza. Briza is located in the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel (formerly the Palomar), a chic boutique hotel in Midtown Atlanta. She says her favorite thing on the menu is the Lobster Gnocchi with buttered popcorn sauce.

  • 06 of 07

    Whitney Otawka

    Whitney was featured on Top Chef season 9 in Texas. At the time she was the chef at Greyfield Inn on Georgia’s Cumberland Island.

    While Whitney isn’t in Atlanta, per se, she’s now just north of town in Athens. Take a day trip and check out Whitney’s cooking at Farm 255 (the sister restaurant of Atlanta's Farm Burger).

  • 07 of 07

    More "famous" Atlanta restaurants

    Check out the full list of metro Atlanta area restaurants featured on the popular Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri.