I've been sworn to secrecy and it's been killing me, but finally it's public and I can officially announce that Atlanta has not one, not two but three chefs on Season 6 of Top Chef! How cool is that?
Congratulations to Pura Vida's Chef Hector Santiago, Eno's Eli Kirshtein and Woodfire Grill's Kevin Gillespie!
Atlanta doesn't get nearly enough culinary respect, so here's hoping this gives us some foodie street cred. All of these restaurants are great, so I have high hopes for how our chefs will perform. I know Chef Eli personally and think he could make an awesome fan favorite or the villain you love to hate...either way the kid can cook, so he should be tons of fun to watch! Given his slightly menacing looking Top Chef pic (bottom row, second from right), he might just shape up to be a bad boy!
At the least I'm praying for a cast who can create more culinary fireworks than last season's lame-o crew. I have to believe producers learned their lesson from the incredibly dull to watch Hosea, so fingers crossed.
See the full list here.