While local food psychos bemoan the fact that Philly hasn't been chosen to play host to any season of Bravo's hit shot Top Chef, we have had success with those in front of the camera. Jen Carroll of 10 Arts was a force to be reckoned with on season 6, and made another appearance on this season's All-Stars format, and Kevin Sbraga, formerly of the Starr empire won it all last season against some hefty competition. With this in mind, we headed over to the Top Chef casting call that took place at The Sofitel this afternoon.
There were a few familiar faces in the crowd, like Garces Trading Company's Adam DeLosso and Mark Tropea of Sonata, as well as those who made the trek from far away. Consulting chef Malcolm Mitchell made the trip up from D.C. because of his close relationship with former Top Cheftestant Spike Mendelsohn.
"Spike is a friend, and said I should definitely give it a shot," said Mitchell, looking dapper in a three-piece suit and impeccable flowing braids. "So, here I am. I think I would make a great contestant on the show."
While the hopefuls filled out an application that was 25 pages long, The Feast asked them a few questions about their hopes and dreams, and who they hated on previous seasons. [The Feast]
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