Harold Dieterle

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Harold Dieterle
Born 1977 (age 38–39)
West Babylon, New York
Education Culinary Institute of America
Culinary career

Harold Dieterle III (born 1977 in West Babylon, New York) is an American chef, best known as the winner of the first season of the Bravo television network's reality television series Top Chef. His signature dish is spicy duck meatballs.[1]

Early Life and Career[edit]

Dieterle attended West Babylon High School and was a 1997 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. His professional career began at Della Femina in the Hamptons for two years. That was followed by three years at Red Bar and two years at 1770 House, both in New York City. For almost five years, he was a sous-chef at The Harrison restaurant in New York.[2]

In October 2005, Dieterle competed in and won the first season of Top Chef. Following his win on the series, he left The Harrison in early 2006 to plan the opening of his own restaurant. His first restaurant, Perilla,[3] opened in May 2007 in New York City. In 2010 he opened Kin Shop, a Thai restaurant.[4] Most recently, he opened The Marrow in New York City. The food at The Marrow was a mashup of Italian and German cuisine and an ode to Dieterle's heritage.[5] The Marrow closed its doors in 2014 after less than two years.[6] In late 2015, Dieterle closed his two remaining restaurants, Kin Shop and Perilla. Dieterle said he was taking a leave from the restaurant and hospitality business.[7]

In a positive 2010 review of Kin Shop in the magazine New York, food critic Adam Platt called Dieterle "the original (and easily most talented) winner" of Top Chef.[8]

Personal life[edit]

On September 4, 2010 Dieterle married Meredith Davies in Atlanta, Georgia. They met at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado in 2006, the summer after his winning season on Top Chef.[9][10]


  1. ^ "'Top' dinner with chef Dietrele's spicy duck meatballs". MSNBC. July 8, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Chef Harold Dieterle". StarChefs. September 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  3. ^ Bonvissuto, Danny (November 12, 2008). "Grub Street: 'Top Chef': Where Are They Now?". New York Magazine. New York Media LLC. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  4. ^ Sifton, Sam (2010-12-14). "At Kin Shop, Thai Cooking, Locally Sourced: Restaurants". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "The Marrow". NYMag.com. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  6. ^ "Pour Out Some Riesling for The Marrow, Harold Dieterle's German/Ital Mashup That Never Clicked". Eater NY. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Chef Harold Dieterle to Close Kin Shop and Perilla". Eater NY. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  8. ^ High Thai, Adam Platt, New York, November 28, 2010
  9. ^ "Top Chef's Harold Dieterle Is Getting Married". 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  10. ^ "First Top Chef Winner Harold Dieterle Marries Fellow Foodie". 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 

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