Top Chef Valerie, Jennifer & Zoi


TOP CHEF: VALERIE

Top_Chef_Valerie AGE: 32

HOMETOWN: Chicago, Ill.

PROFESSION: Personal Chef

CULINARY EDUCATION: Culinary Arts, Kendall College, Chicago

FAVORITE SIMPLE SPRING RECIPE: Pork pot stickers

Born and raised in Chicago, Valerie has worked her way around popular Chicago restaurants for the past nine years and is currently working as a personal chef in her native city. Valerie has a passion for traveling and loves to incorporate influences from all over the world in her cooking. She believes food is the most universal part of life and enjoys cooking cuisine with elegance and simplicity.

 

TOP CHEF: JENNIFER

Top_Chef_Jennifer AGE: 35

HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, N.Y. – currently resides in San Francisco, Calif.

PROFESSION: Executive Chef COCO500 Restaurant

CULINARY EDUCATION: A.O.S Culinary Arts, C.I.A

FAVORITE SIMPLE SPRING RECIPE: Spring Lamb’s tongue salad, sauce Dragnocello, Mache, olive oil croutons, and mustard fruit

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and trained in classic French and Mediterranean cuisine, Jennifer believes in cooking for the season and stimulating the palette. She has lived and worked in both Paris and London and always tries to incorporate French, Italian and Spanish influences in her cooking. Jennifer is currently working as an executive chef at the popular San Francisco restaurant, COCO500, but says if she could cook anywhere in the world it would be Cinque Terre, Italy.

 

TOP CHEF: ZOI

Top_Chef_Zoi AGE: 30

HOMETOWN: Seattle, Wash. – currently resides in San Francisco, Calif.

PROFESSION: Chef/Restaurant Consultant

CULINARY EDUCATION: Self-Taught

FAVORITE SIMPLE SPRING RECIPE: Roasted baby California lamb with artichokes, spring onions, lemon and rosemary

A restaurant consultant living in San Francisco, Zoi began cooking at the age of 19 and has worked with some of the greatest chefs on the West Coast. After traveling extensively through Europe, she believes her food reflects her love of Greece and Italy. Zoi describes her cooking as simple and rustic and emphasizes the importance of using local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible.

 

And that’s it!  You’ve now met all of the new Top Chefs for the coming season!