Interview with Top Chef Seattle winner Kristen Kish

Five of Bravo’s Top Chef Influencers (including the indomitable Kelley’s Break Room!) sat down for an in-depth interview with Top Chef Seattle winner Kristen Kish, in which we learn that she never ever ever cooks at home and that her earliest memory of cooking at home was a soy sauce pudding she made at the age of 5. See for yourself – embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube...

Top Chef Season 10: Last Chance Kitchen winner

The Last Last Chance Kitchen ended with Tom Colicchio leaving us wondering which chef – between Lizzie or Kristen – would earn a place back in the Top Chef finale. Here’s the final installment; the first two and a half minutes serve as a highlight reel of the Last Chance Kitchen episodes, and it ends with the winning chef being introduced into the competition. I would have liked to see Tom announcing the winner IN the kitchen, as always. The losing chef should have had a chance to congratulate the winner and say her final words. You know who the winner is by now, though, right? Congratulations Kristen Kish! Content and/or other value provided by our partner,...

Last Chance Kitchen 11: Lizzie vs Kristen

NOOOOO! My dream of an all-female Top Chef finale died when Lizzie was booted off of Episode 14: Kings of Alaska – although though her buns were glorious her salmon lacked seasoning. Bummer. But she did get one last chance to stay in Top Chef, cooking in the Last Chance Kitchen against … Lizzie guessed right – 3-time Last Chance Kitchen champion Kristen Kish. The challenge Tom set forth – choose a lovely fresh Alaskan fish and use it to make a dish. Cooking over a campfire. In 30 minutes. Kristen and Lizzie got right down to work. None of the rivalry, flirtation, smack down, trash talk, and defensive stances we’ve seen on LCK. They had a job to do and set out to do it, as the professionals they are. Tom Colicchio is worth watching in these Last Chance Kitchen challenges; he’s so much more relaxed and conversational than during the regular Top Chef shows. In this episode, in particular, maybe it’s because there are only two challenges left, he was particularly engaged with the cheftestants. The two chefs both made a seafood-type stew. Kristen gave her finished dish an Asian flair, cod with coconut broth, lime, chili marinated tomato, corn, and petit herbs. Lizzie went for salmon redemption – poached salmon stew with fennel, leek, Hungarian paprika, and sweet pepper flakes, a little sweet and hot and comforting. Judge Tom ate quite a bit of her dish, telling her if she’d made that during the elimination challenge she’d not only have NOT gone home, but she would have won. No spoilers. Click below now to watch the...

Last Chance Kitchen 10: Stefan and Kristen romance redux

“Of course it is wifey, I knew it,” is how Stefan greets fellow contestant Kristen Kish in a picturesque outdoor Alaskan forest kitchen as they meet again for their Last Chance cookoff. “I really, really want a victory,” Kristen tells the camera. “In the end I think it would be entertaining if I beat him.” “It will be super-sad, but I can’t wait to beat her,” Stefan tells the camera. “Is this divorce time now?” Tom asks the two. “It might be,” they agree, laughing. Joking aside, Tom points out that this season, Stefan has been on the bottom four times, one-third of all the challenges. In honor of all the time Stefan has spent at the bottom, he gives them offal to cook with, “bottom of the barrel ingredients,”  Tom explains. Kristen and Stefan joke and flirt as they cook offal together in the woods.  Kristen goes for chicken livers, prepared with pickled fruit and a garlic and mustard caramel. toasted bread and herb salad. confident she can make Stefan made beuschel, a southern German dish, incorporating tripe, and heart into a cream broth with  bread galette, topped with liver and a parsley salad. Watch below to see which chef takes home the Last Chance Kitchen victory: Content and/or other value provided by our partner,...

Last Chance Kitchen 9: Josie vs Kristen

It’s grudge match that was written in the stars: popular favorite Top Chef Kristen Kish, who took the fall for Josie Smith-Malave’s poor time management and insubordination in last week’s Restaurant Wars, faces Josie one last time in the Last Chance Kitchen after Josie was booted for her greasy fried chicken. “We can take a minute to be friendly about the challenge, yeah?” Josie asks, acknowledging the tension in the car as she and Kristen drive from the Last Chance Kitchen to Pike Market. (It’s a hybrid Toyota Camry, by the way. Kristen is driving.) “Totally,” smiles Kristen, always graceful under pressure. They are on there way to Seattle’s Pike Market, each instructed to pick out the nicest salmon they can find. After some antics with the fishmongers – is that a stunt fish Kristen kisses or fresh catch? – they return to the kitchen, where Tom finishes explaining the challenge: they have 30 minutes to break down their whole salmon, portion it into ten identical pieces, and create ten composed dishes. The clock ticks down. The eliminated chefs wince right along with Tom as they watch Kristen and Josie inexpertly butcher the fish. CJ calls out encouragement to Josie – was he sensing hostility toward her from someone else? Kristen’s salmon is prepared with crispy skin and pickled pineapple, pickled raisins, shaved cauliflower, and creme fraiche. It’s not a perfect dish; the raisins don’t plump Josie’s made fennel pollen-dusted salmon with fennel, radish, and tarragon salad. The fennel pollen drew raves for the lovely aroma, but she dropped a piece of salmon on the floor and they were overcooked....

Michael Voltaggio makes Kristen’s mushrooms and onions

In Top Chef: Seattle Episode 4 Chef Kristen Kish won a whopping $10,000 from Healthy Choice for her 50’s Food Flashback: French fried onions and French mushrooms. I want these – they looked so good! Luckily Top Chef Season Six winner Michael Voltaggio is here on Top Recipe to show us how: Content and/or other value provided by our partner,...