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.