Over nine seasons, the winners of Bravo's Top Chef have parlayed their reality TV fame into real culinary careers. EW was on set for the show's season 10 finale (airing Feb. 27 at 10 p.m.), which brought the past nine winners together with host Padma Lakshmi and judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and Emeril Lagasse. Before the show crowns a new winner, read on to find out what all of the other Top Chefs have been up to since taking the title.
Harold Dieterle Season 1 He owns and runs three restaurants in NYC's West Village and claims to be too busy to watch Chef. ''It's embarrassing,'' he says.
Ilan Hall Season 2 Hall made waves with his signature (and sacrilegious?) dish bacon-wrapped matzo balls at his L.A. joint the Gorbals, opened in 2009.
Hung Huynh Season 3 The endearingly arrogant Huynh's latest venture is the innovative Asian restaurant the General, which opened in January in NYC. Stephanie Izard Season 4 ''Stephanie is killing it right now in Chicago,'' says Acheson. Izard owns two popular restaurants there Girl & the Goat and Little Goat Diner.
Hosea Rosenberg Season 5 Rosenberg opted out of big-city life and chose to settle in Boulder, Colo., where he runs the company he founded, Blackbelly Catering.
Michael Voltaggio Season 6 Voltaggio owns L.A. hot spots ink. and ink.sack. ''I have been to both; they're both excellent,'' says Colicchio of Voltaggio's restaurants.
Kevin Sbraga Season 7 The New Jersey chef opened an eponymous restaurant in Philadelphia that has served, among other things, bacon marmalade.
Richard Blais Season 8 The Atlanta-based winner of Top Chef All-Stars owns HD1, the Spence, and three Flip Burger Boutique restaurants in the South.
Paul Qui Season 9 The quiet, self-assured winner is currently prepping his own eatery, Qui, which is scheduled to open this spring with a seasonal menu.