Philadelphia’s own uber-talented chefs Nicholas Elmi and Jason Cichonski hit the small screen this fall, when the two star in Bravo’s newest season of Top Chef.
With the season premiere tonight, Tuesday, October 2 at 10 p.m., the much-anticipated 11th season of the culinary throwdown begins — this time hosted in the great city of New Orleans.
As two of 19 “cheftestants” in the often-heated competitive reality show, Elmi and Cichonski will get to display their considerable kitchen skills on national television rather than in the dining rooms of their Philadelphia restaurants.
Chef Elmi, who taps extensive training in French techniques to serve up his refined-yet-approachable style of fare, has been the executive chef of such top kitchens as the now-shuttered Le Bec Fin and the lovely Rittenhouse Tavern in Philadelphia. This fall, Elmi has plans to open his own French/American BYOB restaurant — Laurel — on East Passyunk Avenue.
Chef Cichonski, who originally hails from Bucks County and attended Philadelphia’s Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, has considerable credentials, too. He served as the executive chef of Lacroix at the Rittenhouse and now runs Ela in Queen Village, which, along with Chestnut Hill’s Mica, Cichonski co-owns with chef Chip Roman.
Both Elmi and Cichonski are awesome representatives of Philadelphia’s culinary scene, and we’re rooting for them all the way.
Tune in to tonight’s premiere to check out our hometown boys in action and watch the drama unfold in New Orleans.
If you miss the 10 p.m. showing, Bravo has you covered with encore presentations of the premiere at 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., too.
For a sneak peek at the action, check out www.bravotv.com.
Top Chef: New Orleans [Bravo]