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And The Winners Are…

on March 08th, 2009
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The winners of the Almost Famous Chef 2009 competition

by Sophie Gayot


The winners of the seventh edition of Nestlé Waters North America “Almost Famous Chef” competition under the S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna brands have just been announced. After preparing their signature dish, the ten contestants served it to the nineteen judges, including me. Two hours later, the results were in, and were combined with yesterday’s “Mystery Basket” results to produce an overall winner.


They are:

- “Overall Winner”: David Awad, from Connecticut Culinary Institute

- “Mystery Basket”; David Awad, from Connecticut Culinary Institute

- “Signature Dish”: Kendra Orng, from International Culinary School at The Art Institute California, Los Angeles

- “People’s Choice”: Joe Branton, Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College.


Congratulations to the three winners!


See the opening party with chef Harold Dieterle winner of the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef and chef/owner of Perilla in New York.




You can click on each photo to enlarge. (All photos by Sophie Gayot)






  1. […] The ten finalists, from various culinary schools from the United States and Canada, were presented to the judges by Harold Dieterle, winner of the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef and chef/owner of Perilla in New York. During the next two days, the young chefs will have to prepare different dishes to determine the winner who will be announced on Sunday. Come back tomorrow, as I will keep you posted on the progress. Sunday, March 8th Found out who are the winners. […]

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  2. […] I was a judge, as well as eighteen others, in the seventh edition of this top culinary event. And, yes, I had to go through ten versions and interpretations of “Mystery Basket” dishes. They were all very different. There was a cleat winner, but I can’t announce it until tomorrow. More to come tomorrow… […]

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  3. […] 2009 Almost Famous Chef competition […]

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  4. […] “Overall Winner”: David Awad, from Connecticut Culinary […]

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  5. […] Magazine’s restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton, Toronton National Post’s columnist Bonnie Stern, last’s year winner David Awad and I discovered the plates one by one, as they were presented and explained by the students. The […]

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