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Life After Top Chef Recap: Making It In The Culinary World

November 07, 2012 09:24 PM by Veronica Dudo

It’s time for your weekly peak into the lives of your favorite Top Chefs on the hit reality TV series, Life After Top Chef. On this week’s episode of the Bravo show, Richard Blais cooks for his partners while Jen Carroll tries to woo her own. Meanwhile, Spike Mendelsohn works with his sister on their new restaurant and Fabio Viviani continues to work on his martini line!

Jen and Spike continue their country road trip in Virginia. Jen had left Philadelphia frustrated and disappointed with her stalled restaurant but has really been enjoying her time with Spike on a lamb farm. Jen competed in Top Chef: Las Vegas Season 6 where she proved she was a tough cookie. She also appeared in Top Chef-All Stars Season 8. Recently, she decided to quit her job with Eric Ripert to open her own restaurant. Unfortunately, negotiations fell through. Now, she’s trying to find funding for her own restaurant. Their next stop is to shuck oysters and eat them out on a boat. Back home, Jen cooks dinner for her family and tells them she might be opening up a ‘pop-up’ restaurant to get her career back on track.

Meanwhile Spike tries to make decisions with his sister on their new restaurant’s layout and menu choices but of-course his parents show up and add their two cents. In the end, Spike admits that his parents’ opinions are the ones he trusts the most. Spike was born into the restaurant business and he works with his passionately opinionated family. They have the restaurant-chain, Good Stuff Eatery in Washington D.C.┬áHe first competed on Top Chef: Chicago Season 4 where he was sent home right before the finale and returned to compete on Top Chef All-Stars Season 8.

If Fabio wasn’t involved with enough stuff he now meets with a beverage maker in hopes of launching his own martini line. Fabio also decides to listen to his mother and takes some time for himself. As a child, Fabio remembers riding horses. In addition to having some time to himself, Fabio says riding horses brings back fond memories of his childhood. He was born and raised in Florence, Italy and was the “fan favorite” from Top Chef: New York Season 5. He also competed on Top Chef All-Stars Season 8 and was the personal Chef to William Shatner. Currently, he is expanding his own brand with cooking classes, endorsement deals and social media. Later, he cooks for an overbooked charity dinner where he runs out of duck! But fear not, his fun loving personality holds the crowd over until more meat arrives.

Trying his best to juggle his personal and professional lives, Richard is frazzled when he has to conduct a nerve-racking menu-tasting for his partners. Richard is very artistic but his investors are more down to earth. He also critiques the construction space for his new restaurant, The Spence. He was a finalist on Top Chef: Chicago Season 4 and won Top Chef All-Stars Season 8.

As these four chefs continue to make names for themselves in the culinary world what will happen? Stay tuned!

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