Kevin Sbraga

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Kevin Sbraga
Born Willingboro, New Jersey, U.S.
Culinary career

Kevin Sbraga (born January 25, 1979) is an American chef and the winner of Top Chef D.C., the seventh season of the Bravo cooking competition show Top Chef. He is the chef-owner of two restaurants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Sbraga, a modern American restaurant, and The Fat Ham, which emphasizes Southern cuisine.

Early life[edit]

Sbraga was born and raised in New Jersey.

He attended Johnson & Wales University in Miami, Florida, graduating with a BS in Culinary Arts.

Career[edit]

Sbraga started his career working at various restaurants in Atlanta and Philadelphia.

In 2008, Sbraga began work for Jose Garces to test recipes for the chef-proprietor’s "Latin Evolution" cookbook. Sbraga's work on that project ultimately earned him a full-time role as culinary director of Garces Group.

With Garces' support, Sbraga also competed in the Bocuse d'Or USA culinary competition in fall 2008, where he won the award for Best Meat Presentation. After that competition, he was selected by Stephen Starr to be executive chef at Rat’s Restaurant at the Grounds for Sculpture, an arboretum in Hamilton, New Jersey.

In 2010, Sbraga joined the season seven cast of the TV show Top Chef. In between the taping of the regular season and the final episode, Sbraga decided to start a restaurant: “I realized I needed to do my own thing,” he said. “Even though I hadn’t won yet, I felt like I’d won already because I had the found the confidence I needed to open my own restaurant.”

Sbraga won Top Chef. By October 2011, he had opened the doors to his eponymous restaurant.

In December 2013, Sbraga opened The Fat Ham, a Southern restaurant, also in Philadelphia.[1]

In May 2014, Sbraga announced that he would be opening Juniper Commons, a restaurant with an 80s vibe, rotisserie, and potentially raw bar, at Broad and South, in the Southstar Lofts building. [2]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Sbraga, the restaurant, was listed in Esquire Magazine's “Best New Restaurants” of 2012, Bon Appetit Magazine’s list of "Philadelphia’s New Originals" in 2012, and Zagat Restaurant Guide’s “#1 Restaurant on Avenue of the Arts & Best Newcomer” 2013. Sbraga himself was on Bon Appetit's list of Rising Stars “Community Chef” in 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ First Look: Kevin Sbraga’s Opening Menu For The Fat Ham, Philadelphia magazine, Emily Teel, December 3, 2013
  2. ^ [1]

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