Sam Talbot (II)

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Season 2 Contestant on Top Chef


12/27/1977, USA

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  • Sam Talbot is a Sicilian-American chef from Charlotte, NC. He was a semi-finalist on Season 2 of Top Chef, eventually placing third. Sam received his education from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. After working his way up to production chef at Dean and DeLuca, he worked under James Burns, the acclaimed head chef at Charleston's J. Bistro. In Charleston, he also met Sarah Vida who later became his business partner in Williamsburgh Cafe after he moved to New York City. In New York City, he has held the position of executive chef at several restaurants, such as the Black Duck, Williamsburgh Cafe, and Punch. At one time he was planning on opening a restaurant named Spitzer's Corner, but when he could not agree with business partners Will and Rob Shamlian with the direction of the restaurant, they went their separate ways. Sam now spends a good deal of his time touring the country taking part in charity cooking events and is still looking for the right opportunity to open his own restaurant.moreless

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    • Sam: (on being interviewed for "Top Chef") Before every episode I would literally have a panic attack, because even though you were there, you can't remember everything you said. You know, you've just slept for two hours or you haven't eaten for fifteen hours and they're asking you questions.

    • Sam: (Sam's philosophy on cooking) I cook for the moment. I try not to think to far ahead, I let life unfold. I do the same with my cooking I let the seasons provide, and let the ingredients in their natural state inspire me. Then I let my cooking unfold.

    • Sam: You can go to school to learn the basics of cooking and the fundamentals of baking, but you cant be taught passion and soul. Those you are born with, those are gifts. Its your search to find them that clarifies who you are and what you naturally adhere to. I belong in the kitchen.

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    • Sam is one of eight former Top Chef contestants who will be teaching a one-off cooking at the New York City's The Culinary Institute of America. He and his fellow chefs will each be preparing one of their signature dishes from the competition along with two complementary courses and a specialty cocktail. Sam's class will be taking place on July 21, 2008.

    • Sam is the second former Top Chef contestant to return as a Guest Judge on the show. He was a natural in judging the fourth season episode "Serve and Protect", since the challenge was aimed at serving healthy food (he's a diabetic) to police cadets (he comes from a family of police officers).

    • Sam has a blog on the show Top Chef at the Bravo website.

    • The chefs that Sam admires most are Wylie Dufresne, Tom Douglas, James Burns, and Suzanne Goin.

    • Sam knew he wanted a career in the culinary world when he read a copy of the famous cooking sourcebook, Larousse Gastronomique.

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