Two Houston-area chefs will compete on the newest season of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’

Get the dish on Season 18!

Chefs Sasha Grumman and Dawn Burrell on Top Chef Portland (Stephanie Diani /Bravo)

HOUSTON – 15 of the best chefs around the country will be competing on the newest season of Bravo’s popular show “Top Chef,” and two local chefs will be representing Houston in what promises to be a sizzling culinary showdown.

They are Dawn Burrell and Sasha Grumman, and they shared with Houston Life their journey to season 18 of the Emmy-winning reality competition in the video below.

The Emmy- and James Beard Award-winning series will return with host Padma Lakshmi and head judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons on April 1st at 7 pm on Bravo.

The season was filmed last year during the COVID-19 pandemic and will include appearances by superstars chefs like José Andrés, Massimo Bottura, and Alice Waters.

To see Burrell and Grumman’s complete interview, watch the video above.

And before ‘Top Chef’ season 18 premieres on Thursday, we put the ladies to the test with a game called “Cut to the chase” to find out how much they know about Houston food and brands.

Check out how well they did in the video below.

For a sneak peek of Top Chef Portland, watch the trailer below.

For more information on Top Chef, click here.

And since you’re sure to work up an appetite after watching the show, both Burrell and Grumman have local culinary projects you can support.

Dawn Burrell on Season 18 of Bravo's "Top Chef" (David Moir/Bravo)

Burrell is the partner and executive chef of Late August, a restaurant focused on Afro-Asian flavors, expected to open later in the year.

To connect with Burrell, click here.

Sasha Grumman on Bravo's "Top Chef" (David Moir/Bravo)

Meanwhile, Grumman started a focaccia bread business that she hopes to take nationwide, and she will be selling her famous bread, Sundays in April at the Rice Village Farmers Market and the Heights Mercantile Farmers Market.

To connect with Grumman, click here.


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