Chef Wanted Updates

Below are the updated statistics of Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell winners, and whether they took the job at their episode's restaurant or not.  The statistics also have if the chef's are still currently at the restaurant in which they were offered a job.   This will be continually updated as more episodes air, so feel free to bookmark it and share it with others.

There are relevant links to the updates from this site, as well as links to reasons why chefs did not accept the job or are no longer the chef at a restaurant.

I have kept comments available on this page, so if you see anything I may have missed or have any updates regarding a chef from an episode, feel free to leave a comment. 


Running Total Of Episodes That Have Aired - 14 of 32 Chefs Accepted the Job.  18 of 32 Winning Chefs Never Worked at the Restaurant.  7 of 32 Winning Chefs still at their Restaurant. 

 
Season Three - 6 of 12 Chefs Accepted the Job.  6 of 12 Winning Chefs Never Worked at the Restaurant.  4 of 12 Winning Chefs still at their Restaurant. 1 Restaurant Not Opened Yet

Episode Restaurant City Winning Chef Did They Take The Job? and Comments
13 Tapenade
Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne WilliamsNO. She is already a Chef de Cuisine at a restaurant in San Diego, and didn't want to move to Los Angeles.
12 Christy's On Broadway
Long Beach, CA

LaJuan Ramsey
NO. LaJuan, the former NFL football player, decided not to take the job because it wasn't the right fit for him at this point in his career.
11 Second Home Kitchen and Bar
Denver, CO

Jason Brumm
YES. Jason was originally from Colorado and relocated for the position.  Still there as of December 2013
10 Cite
Chicago, IL

Maxime Michaud
NO. Maxime is from France and doesn't have a green card. He's working with the restaurant to get a work visa.  Nice job by the casting directors for Chef Wanted.
9 Tavernita
Chicago, IL

Priscilla Yeh
NO. Priscilla didn't want to move from New York to Chicago for the job because her and her parents would miss each other.
8 Dos Caminos Las Vegas, NV
Venoy Rogers
NO. The Dos Caminos Las Vegas location actually closed before the episode even aired.
7 Cafe Sevilla Various Locations, CA Errol LeBlanc YES. Errol took the job and is still at Cafe Sevilla as of December 2013.
6 The Pear Southern Bistro Napa, CA Ashurina (Rina) Younan YES. Ashurina took the job and is still at The Pear as of September 2013. Feb 2014 Update - No longer at The Pear
5 Salvatore's Boston, MA Gustavo Romero NO. Gustavo did not take the job and is still a chef at Lulu restaurant in Miami, FL.  He moved to Miami at the end of 2012 from California.
4 Tavern 1757 Seymour, CT Brian Reilly Yes. Brian took the job and was schedule to start full time a few weeks after the show aired.  Still there as of January 2014.
3 Abigaile Hermosa Beach, CA Chris Mack* NO. The owners of the restaurant didn't even offer the Chef de Cuisine position to any of the chefs.  Offered Chris Mack a lesser position, which he didn't accept, explained in this Facebook Post.
2 Osteria Del Circo Abu Dhabi Luca Banfi* The owners of Le Cirque in New York City are opening this restaurant in Abu Dhabi, but it will not open until 2014.  Luca was already an Executive Chef for the Maccioni Family (owners) at their restaurant in Dominican Republic for a few years. Picture on Facebook from 2012.  So they went on the show knowing their chef already.  Shady.
1 The Bistro at Bacara Resort & Spa Santa Barbara, CA Chris Turano YES. Took the job as Chef de Cuisine at The Bistro and started working in June 2013.  Still the chef as of January 2014.

Season Two - 5 of 13 Chefs Accepted the Job.  8 of 13 Winning Chefs Never Worked at the Restaurant.  1 of 13 Winning Chefs still at their Restaurant


Episode Restaurant City Winning Chef Did They Take The Job? and Comments
13 Nikki Beach Miami, FL Jouvens Jean NO. Decided not to take the job at Nikki Beach, and stayed at his current restaurant.  Full Original Update
12 Victor's Café New York, NY Ted Torres NO. Decided not to take the job at Victor's Café, and stayed in Philadelphia.  Said salary was similar to current job, but higher cost of living in NY.  Full Original Update
11 Blaue Gans New York, NY Carsten Vollrath NO. Decided not to take the job at Blaue Gans, and moved to Atlanta instead.  Full Original Update
10 Brasserie Coquette Raleigh, NC Michael Bryant NO. Decided not take the job at Brasserie Coquette as he was 'unable to relocate.' Was recently on an episode of Chopped. Full Original Update
9 Precinct Cincinnati, OH Rahman 'Rock' Harper NO. Decided not to take the job at Precinct and stayed in Washington, DC.  Full Original Update
8 Ola Oahu, Hawaii Casey Barnes YES. Took the job at Ola, and moved to Hawaii to be their chef. No longer the chef as of January 2014. . Full Original Update
7 Zengo New York, NY David Sears NO. Decided not to take the job at Zengo, and remained in Orlando, FL.  Full Original Update
6 Culina Modern Italian Los Angeles, CA Mette Williams YES. Took the job at Culina, and is still the chef there according to their website as of January 2014.  Full Original Update
5 Abels On The Lake Austin, TX Jon Gaboric NO. Decided not to take the job at Abels because it wasn’t the right fit.  Full Original Update
4 Oceano Puerto Rico Austin Henry YES. Took the job at Oceano. According to their Facebook page, there is a new chef there in December 2013. Full Original Update
3 Sea Dog Steak & Ale Northborough, MA Amie Hurd NO. Decided not to take the job at Sea Dog, and the restaurant actually closed before the episode even aired.  Full Original Update
2 Tuscan Kitchen Salem, NH Anthony De Palma YES. Took the job at Tuscan Kitchen.  Doesn't list it as experience on LinkedIn. As of May 2013, was an executive chef at a different restaurant.  Full Original Update
1 Mirabelle Hollywood, CA Drew Ison YES. Took the job at Mirabelle. Was the chef at a different restaurant in Feb. 2013, and Mirabelle actually closed in 6/2013.  Full Original Update



Season One - 3 of 6 Chefs Accepted the Job.  3 of 6 Winning Chefs Never Worked at the Restaurant.  2 of 6 Winning Chefs still at their Restaurant.



Episode Restaurant City Winning Chef Did They Take The Job?  Plus Comments
6 Met Back Bay Boston, MA Lisa Odom NO. Lisa won the episode, and I called Met Back Bay before the episode aired.  She did not take the job. Full Original Update
5 Old Homestead New York, NY Richard Mancini NO. Richard won the episode, but never worked at Old Homestead according to his LinkedIn profile
4 Olives Manhattan, NY Tully Wilson NO. Tully Wilson won this episode and claimed he was never offered the job by Todd English. Story with more info.
3 David Burke Fromagerie Rumson, NJ Phil Deffina YES. Took the job at Fromagerie and is still there as of August 2013.  Phil actually worked for the restaurant owner David Burke when it was filmed, so he was probably going to get the job no matter what and David may have done this for publicity.  Comment from Nicole Karr, who competed against Phil, saying it was fixed.
2 James Beach Venice, CA Vincent Walker YES. Took the job at James Beach and is no longer there as of late 2012
1 Mucho Ultima Manhattan Beach, CA Byron Freeze YES. Took the job at Mucho Ultima and worked there from May 2011 - Dec 2012.  The restaurant has closed and reopened as Circa Restaurant.  Byron is the chef at Circa now.



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