Clifford Crooks

Clifford Crooks

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Cliff Crooks, the tough-but-charming executive chef of New York's Salute! Restaurant is never content with anything less than a sure win. America will soon find out if his bark is worse than his bite--or if he's got what it takes to be a Top Chef.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Both Cliff and Marcel say that there are no hard feelings between each other after the incident which got Cliff kicked off season two of Top Chef.

    • Cliff was kicked off of the second season of Top Chef for violating the rules, which included no physical aggressiveness towards his fellow competitors. Cliff put Marcel in a wrestling hold and tried to drag Marcel to the others, pretending that they meant to shave his head.

    • Cliff is color blind, which put him at a disadvantage in the season 2 Top Chef episode "Seven" where each competitor was given a colr and told to create a dish in his color. Cliff drew purple, and used an eggplant, which someone had once told him was purple, as a guide for comparison.

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