Top Chef Contestant from Scarsdale


Just got the low-down on the cheftestants in the next Top Chef. I’ll come back with more on this, to be sure.



Leah currently works as a Sous Chef at Centro Vinoteca in New York City. Apart from the year and a half that she worked at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Italy, she has spent her entire life in New York and comes from a Filipino, Russian-Romanian Jewish background. Her favorite chef is Marco Pierre White and she counts salt, olive oil, butter, garlic and any pork product as her must-have ingredients. She loves Italian, Filipino and Thai cuisine, but homemade pasta is what she enjoys making the most.

Previous Small Bites links here and here.

The rest of the bio from Bravo after the jump.

hometown:Scarsdale, NY
resides in:New York City
Elimination Challenge Wins:0/0
Quickfire Wins: 0/0

status: Still Cooking
Position:Sous Chef, Centro Vinoteca
Culinary Education: A.O.S./ B.A., C.I.A.
Favorite Simple Recipes: For summer: Ricotta-stuffed zucchini blossoms and panzanella salad

About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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