Introducing Top Chef: Nimma and Richard

 Top-Chef-Nimma Two more Top Chef contestants

 

Top Chef: Nimma

AGE: 26

HOMETOWN: Peachtree City, Ga. – currently resides in Atlanta, Ga.

PROFESSION: Cook at Repast

CULINARY EDUCATION: Culinary Institute Of America FAVORITE SPRING RECIPE: Grilled freshly caught fish with some amazing olive oil and sea salt

A native of Peachtree City, Ga., Nimma earned her culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America and is currently working as a cook at Repast restaurant in Atlanta. Her favorite thing to cook is pasta and she says she always has salt, pepper, green tea, coffee, and butter on hand.

 

Top-Chef-RichardTop Chef: Richard

AGE: 35

HOMETOWN: Uniondale, N.Y. – currently resides in Atlanta, Ga.

PROFESSION: Chef, culinary designer, Trail-Blais

CULINARY EDUCATION: AOS Culinary Arts, CIA

FAVORITE SIMPLE SPRING RECIPE: Lamb meatballs with rhubarb & strawberry

Richard is not only a chef, but also a culinary designer, working all over the east coast. He and his wife reside in Atlanta, Ga., with their two weimaraners and are expecting their first child in the spring. He is known for his innovative and personal take on classical cuisine and has studied under luminaries such as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Ferran Adria. Richard believes cooking is an art and a craft and food is meant to stimulate on many levels. He incorporates global ingredients, modern cooking methods, wit and a sense of humor to all his food. He says if he were a food he would be an artichoke. "It’s tough, difficult to work with, even dangerous at its core; but when you come down to it, it’s simple, beautiful and delicious."