Sam Talbot

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Sam Talbot
Born (1977-12-27) December 27, 1977 (age 41)
EducationJohnson & Wales University Brevard College
Culinary career

Sam Talbot (born December 27, 1977) is a Sicilian-American chef from Charlotte, North Carolina, best known as a semi-finalist on Season 2 of Bravo's Top Chef, eventually placing third. Talbot returned to Top Chef for the episode "Four Star All Stars" with Elia Aboumrad, Marcel Vigneron, and Ilan Hall. Talbot and the other three were defeated by Season 1's Tiffani Faison, Harold Dieterle, and Stephen Asprinio. Talbot returned for Top Chef's Season 14, but was eliminated in the third episode.


Talbot received his education from Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina.[1] 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 met Sarah Vida, who later became his business partner in the Williamsburg 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, Williamsburg Cafe, and Punch.[1] Talbot has since opened the restaurant The Surf Lodge.[2][3] In 2015, Sam opened the Pig + Poet in Camden, ME. In early 2017, his new restaurant Pretty Southern opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.[4]

Talbot appeared in the 5th episode of the 2nd season of The Real Housewives of New York City "New York State of Mind" as a friend of one of the housewives, Kelly Killoren Bensimon.

Talbot's book, The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries, is a memoir and a cookbook with recipes for diabetics.[5]

Talbot also started a non profit called Beyond Type 1, along with Nick Jonas, Sarah Lucas, and Juliet de Baubigny, in 2015.[6]


Talbot is a Type 1 Diabetic and wears an insulin pump attached to his leg.[1][7]

In July 2008, Talbot became engaged to Colombian model and T-shirt designer Paola Guerrero.[8] The two wed in a small ceremony at City Hall in New York City on November 17, 2008[9] and divorced about a year later.[10]

Following the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Talbot worked with Beastie Boy Mike D to run a food truck delivering over 20,000 meals to people affected by the storm's devastation.[11]


  1. ^ a b c Top Chef Season 2 Bios
  2. ^ The Surf Lodge official site
  3. ^ Bonvissuto, Danny (November 12, 2008), "Grub Street: 'Top Chef': Where Are They Now?", New York Magazine
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  5. ^ Talbot, Sam (2011). The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries. Rodale Books. ISBN 978-1605290959.
  6. ^ "Beyond Type 1: Beyond Compare". Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  7. ^ Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation International, Role Model: Chef Sam Talbot Archived 2010-08-11 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  8. ^ People Weekly, July 30, 2008
  9. ^ "Top Chef's Sam Talbot Weds" December 12, 2008
  10. ^ Chaplin, Julia (March 9, 2011). "Sam Talbot, at Mondrian SoHo, Wants Diners to Get Past His Looks". The New York Times.
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