Top Chef is back with another stellar group of talented cooks competing to be crowned the winner of Season 19, receive $250,000, a feature in the FOOD & WINE magazine, and an appearance at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.

But as only one contestant can win, chefs will be eliminated throughout the competition, as they are tasked with creating delicious meals in a series of thrilling challenges. For Season 19 of the Bravo cooking show 15 chefs from across America compete in Houston, for the very first time.

Episode 1 of the new season, which aired Thursday,

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Denver chef Tajahi Cooke was busy cooking, packing and distributing thousands of charitable Thanksgiving meals Thursday morning, but when he saw a young man in need outside one of his headquarters, he paused to take the person a plate of hot food.

Cooke set up shop at Denver food halls Zeppelin Station and Avanti Food and Beverage, with a rotating cast of volunteers who started cooking Wednesday night and hadn’t stopped Thursday morning.

Cooke took a timeout with the man in need — who sat outside Zeppelin Station on Thanksgiving morning wrapped in a blanket and without shoes — to

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A homeless chef in Colorado is now a food truck owner thanks to the help of TikTok viewers who donated to help Tony Rojas get back on his feet and live out his dream.

The large donation was thanks to The Dream Machine Foundation, run by Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley, an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and even former manager of 2Chainz. The non-profit is currently on a 45-day tour of the U.S., during which they’re making dreams come true for people, with donations from corporations and online supporters.

Recipients come from coincidental meetings, like that of Rojas, and people submitting their dreams

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Danie Baker, who grew up in Tacoma and now is a Seattle-based accountant, launched a cooking blog during the pandemic that led to an appearance on “Top Chef Amateurs,” a spinoff of the hit Bravo television show. Her episode “Opposites Attract” airs July 22.

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Two weeks after Danie Baker officially launched her food and recipe blog with an accompanying Instagram page, she received a DM that catapulted her new hobby from quarantine project to professional gig.

The message was from a casting agency for Bravo’s “Top Chef,” seeking competitors for a new pandemic-born show for “talented

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Chapel Hill chef Dan Jackson is the latest Triangle culinary star to appear on the Food Network.

Jackson, who is the executive chef of the new Chapel Hill Italian restaurant Osteria Georgi, will compete on “Chopped” Tuesday, June 15 at 9 p.m.

“I always wanted to do one of the cooking competitions,” Jackson said. “The reason I got into cooking was more the competition of it, the athleticism of it. You have to move well behind the line and think on the fly as a line cook. You have to use your movements and know what pan to grab

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You don’t need me to point out how much COVID-19 took away from all of us in 2020, but in a bizarre twist, the challenges of quarantine might have inadvertently pushed one genre to the next tier of excellence. Cooking shows — whether hosted on Food Network, HBO Max, or YouTube channels — nimbly adjusted to home kitchens where chefs finally had to confront the reality home cooks faced every day. More than that, the format of cooking shows like Selena + Chef or Amy Schumer Learns to Cook helped professional chefs react on the fly to a novice’s

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