Where Are the Top Chefs Now?

Unlike the winners of Project Runway and America's Next Top Model (who seem to disappear into the stratosphere), some Top Chef winners have actual careers. As Top Chef: Just Desserts returned on Bravo this week, we caught up with some of the notable past winners of the original series.

Season 1
Harold Dieterle
Before Top Chef: Sous-chef at the Harrison restaurant in New York.
After Top Chef: Dieterle opened Perilla ("earnest, endearing and just a bit of a snooze"—New York Times) in Manhattan in 2007, then Kin Shop (two stars from Adam Platt in New York magazine) in 2010.

Season 2
Ilan Hall
Before Top Chef: Cook at Casa Mono, Mario Batali's NYC Spanish restaurant.
After Top Chef: Hall opened the Gorbals (two stars from the LA Times) in Los Angeles in 2009.

Season 3
Hung Huynh
Before Top Chef: Executive sous-chef at Restaurant Guy Savoy in Las Vegas.
After Top Chef: After bouncing around a couple of NYC restaurants, Huynh is even now running Craigslist ads for "bad ass line cooks" for his new venture, "new American seafood" restaurant Catch.

Season 4
Stephanie Izard
Before Top Chef: Chef-owner of now-shuttered Scylla in Chicago.
After Top Chef: Izard opened Girl & the Goat ("fresh and expansive"—Saveur) in 2010; a diner offshoot, Little Goat, is planned for 2012.

Season 5
Hosea Rosenberg
Before Top Chef: Head chef at Jax Fish House in Boulder.
After Top Chef: According to Rosenberg's website, he mostly seems to be working with Jax, just not full time.

Season 6
Michael Voltaggio
Before Top Chef: Chef de cuisine at the Dining Room, Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena (now The Royce at the Langham).
After Top Chef: Voltaggio has just opened up a sandwich shop in Los Angeles, ink.sack.

Season 7
Kevin Sbraga
Before Top Chef: Executive chef, Rat's Restaurant at the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey.
After Top Chef: Sbraga is soon to open his own "upscale casual" restaurant in Philadelphia.

Season 8
Richard Blais
Before Top Chef: Blais designed restaurants under his Trail Blais label in Atlanta.
After Top Chef: Between his two stints on the show (Blais originally competed in Season 4, then went on to win the All-Stars series in Season 8), Blais launched upscale burger chain Flip Burger Boutique, with multiple locations in the Southeast.