44° Good Morning
44° Good Morning
Eat and Drink

Reality food show chefs open NYC restaurants

Food TV addicts will probably agree that the only thing worse than missing an episode of your favorite cooking competition show is watching it all the way through and not being able to taste the dish you now crave.

TNT cooked up a new food show, Emeril Lagasse's "On the Menu" which features home cooks battling for the opportunity to have their recipe served in chain restaurants all over America. After each episode airs every Friday, diners around the country can head to their local chain eatery and order the dish they just salivated over for the past forty-two minutes.

While New Yorkers aren't always so fond of places that can be found outside of our five boroughs, the show does intrigue us to think about what all that rapid-fired food on a slew of competitive cooking shows over the past decade actually tastes like.

Plenty of reality TV stars have amassed their fame in New York City kitchens and opened restaurants that have become viable eateries in the New York dining landscape. Dress in your Padma Lakshimi finest and visit these restaurants run by former "Top Chef", "Master Chef" and "Iron Chef America" contestants to see if what you watched is really as tasty as it looked in HD.

Harold Dieterle's Perilla

Opened in May 2007 by Harold Dieterle, first
Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/PerillaNYC

Opened in May 2007 by Harold Dieterle, first ever winner of Bravo's "Top Chef", this tiny West Village restaurant offers tastes of his fantastic New American cooking. Along with Perilla, Chef Dieterle is also responsible for tasty Thai spot, Kinshop.

Dale Talde's Talde

Dale Talde, a contestant on
Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/taldebrooklyn

Dale Talde, a contestant on "Top Chef" in 2008 and "Top Chef All-stars" in 2010 runs TALDE in Park Slope, an Asian-American fusion eatery known for dishes like Kung Pao chicken wings, crispy oyster and bacon Pad Thai and fun brunch items like breakfast ramen. Talde also heads the kitchens at Thistle Hill Tavern and Pork Slope.

Leah Cohen's Pig & Khao

Alum of
Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/PigandKhao

Alum of "Top Chef"'s Fifth Season, Cohen uses her Filipino and Russian-Jewish heritage to inspire recipes at her Lower East Side restaurant Pig & Khao, which just celebrated its second birthday. Visit for small plates like mussels in pineapple curry and a fragrant cod in banana leaf with tumeric and coconut cream.

Hung Huynh's Catch NYC

Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/CatchNYC

"Top Chef" Season 3 winner Hung Huynh serves as executive chef at Meatpacking's Catch NYC. Creating sophisticated seafood in this 275-seat restaurant, Huynh definitely earns his win with rich dishes like macaroni and lobster cream. Huynh's cooking can also be found at his Asian bistro, The General.

Ilan Hall's The Gorbals

Second season
Photo Credit: FLICKR/scaredykay

Second season "Top Chef" winner Ilan Hall went on to create is fusion Jewish restaurant The Gorbals in Los Angeles and brought a Brooklynized version to Williamsburg this past spring. You're visiting for dishes like bacon-wrapped matzo balls with horseradish mayonnaise and braised lamb neck with creamy oats and mint.


Nomilicious Thai restaurant Ngam is run by chef
Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/ngamrestaurant

Nomilicious Thai restaurant Ngam is run by chef Hong Thaimee who previously bottled Bobby Flay on "Iron Chef America". Thaimee's menu features authentic homestyle Thai classics with an American twist, like Thai-style chicken wings on sweet brioche waffles for weekend brunch and her Authentic Old School Pad Thai as well as kale and kale chip fried rice for dinner.

Jehangir Mehta's Graffiti Food & Wine

East Village gastropub Graffiti serves small plates that
Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/Jehangir

East Village gastropub Graffiti serves small plates that span a wide range of international cuisines from zucchini hummus pizza to green mango paneer to braised pork buns with apricot chutney. Chef Jehangir Mehta is best recognized from his spot on "Iron Chef America" battling Chef Morimoto.

Mark Simmon's Kiwiana

Chef Mark Simmon's Kiwiana brings his New Zealand
Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/

Chef Mark Simmon's Kiwiana brings his New Zealand fare to Park Slope. Known from his fame on the fourth season of "Top Chef", Simmons lets you taste his success with seasonal dishes including Hudson Valley foie gras with fruit compote, vegetables from local farms and his signature Kiwi burger made with fresh ground beef, fried egg, pecorino, pineapple, and beetroot served with hand-cut fries. You can also taste this Cheftestant's cooking at Melt.

On The Menu

If you follow
Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/OnTheMenuTNT

If you follow "On the Menu" — Emeril told us he was “really impressed” by the contestants recipes -- you can taste the food from each episode at these locations.

Chili's - 1497 Richmond Ave., Staten Island;

Denny's - 150 Nassau St.;

California Pizza Kitchen - 440 Park Ave. S.

Planet Hollywood - 1540 Broadway

Cabo Wabo Cantina/Sammy's Beach Bar and Grill - JFK Airport;

Outback Steakhouse - 60 W. 23rd St.;

Buca di Beppo - 1540 Broadway

Not in New York:


The Cheesecake Factory;

Dickey's Barbecue Pit


We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

Eat and Drink photos & videos