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Milwaukee chef takes on Top Chef season 21 set in Wisconsin

todayFebruary 7, 2024

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Top Chef Season 21 is set to premiere on March 20; this time, the spotlight is on Wisconsin. While there are a few changes this season, like the absence of Padma Lakshmi and the addition of Kristen Kish as host, the show’s core remains solid. However, the biggest change is that now contestants can win money in every Quickfire Challenge. This change was made possible thanks to the new brand sponsors, which include Holland America cruises, Miller High Life, and the Wells Fargo Active Cash Credit Card.

What’s new this season, apart from new sponsors and the additional prize money, is the focus on Wisconsin staples like cheese and Door County cherries. Not only was most of the season shot in Milwaukee and Madison, but it will also end with a high-seas finale on a cruise. One of the contestants is Milwaukee-based Dan Jacobs, head chef and co-owner of EsterEv and DanDan. Dan is a six-time James Beard Best Chef – Midwest semi-finalist and moved to Milwaukee with his wife in 2011, where he worked as a sous chef and executive chef at Roots before eventually opening his restaurants.

(Photo courtesy of Bravo/Top Chef)

Dan also advocates and his culinary community for Kennedy’s disease awareness and helps raise funds for research through events such as the Dim Sum + Give Some annual fundraising dinner. As the only Wisconsin-based contestant this season, Dan is honored to represent his region and culinary community and inspire people with disabilities to pursue their passions, especially in the culinary world.

The other talented chefs competing on Top Chef Season 21 include Kaleena Bliss from Chicago, Kevin D’Andrea from Austin, Texas, Alisha Elenz from Chicago, Danny Garcia from New York, Valentine Howell Jr. from Boston, Manny Barella Lopez from Denver, Savannah Miller from Durham, North Carolina, David Murphy from San Francisco, Kenny Nguyen from Athens, Georgia, Laura Ozyilmaz from San Francisco, Charly Pierre from New Orleans, Amanda Turner from Austin, Texas, Rasika Venkatesa from San Francisco, and Michelle Wallace from Houston.

Mark your calendars for March 20, when Top Chef Season 21 premieres on Bravo. Episodes will be available to stream on Peacock the day after they air.


Written by: Tarik Moody

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