Despite being in its umpteenth season, Top Chef still remains a Bravo TV favorite. From Quickfire to Elimination Challenges, obscure ingredients to ridiculous cooking conditions, a roster of chefs is whittled down to a winner, who then usually channels his or her stardom into a full-fledged restaurant—not that you have to win to be a successful restaurant owner. The following chefs have founded fantastic Italian and Mexican restaurants, kosher eateries and sandwich spots. They've come in 13th place, 1st and in-between, but they've all found success by opening some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. Make your reservations now, and prepare to be starstruck.
All the Top Chef-helmed restaurants in LA
Brian Malarkey (Season 3)
Restaurant: Herringbone (West Hollywood & Santa Monica)
Visit his restaurant for: Super fresh seafood—and some solid steak options if you're more about the turf than surf.
Curtis Stone (Top Chef Masters, Season 3)
Restaurant: Maude (Beverly Hills)
Visit his restaurant for: A multi-course meal centered around a single ingredient. Oh, and make a reservation at least one month in advance.