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Bravo's 'Top Chef' will feature St. Pete-based chef Jeffrey Jew in new season

The tenth season of Top Chef will film in Seattle and St. Petersburg-based personal chef Jeffrey Jew will be among the 21 contestants.

The 34-year-old D.C. native graduated from the Culinary Institute and has worked in Florence, Italy and London, England. Most recently — and very briefly — Jew worked at the brand new Washington, D.C., restaurant the Brixton.

Jew will compete against two fellow D.C. chefs — Bart Vandaele and Dan O'Brien — as well as heavy-hitters from restaurants in Paris, New York and Los Angeles. This season's judging lineup reprises Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Hugh Acheson and Gail Simmons as well as Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck. Top Chef Season 10 premieres on Nov. 7.

Burger meisters

St. Petersburg's Grand Central District has conducted a careful study of the local burger landscape, encouraging diners to visit eight participating restaurants and rate their burgers accordingly online.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the Burg Bar & Grill's "Double Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger" won the Grand Central District's Battle of the Burg(er). Two restaurants tied for second-place honors: the Queens Head and Georgie's Alibi. Mayster's Café, which opened at the end of July, placed fourth.

What was so great about the burger in question? On Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. the dining public can taste bite-sized samples of the winning burgers at the Burg.

And Christopher Branton, a 33-year-old Tampa lawyer, should be proud (or something) of himself for putting away 17 sliders to win the $500 first prize in BGR The Burger Joint's National Cheeseburger Slider Eating Championships in Tampa.

The event took place at the N. Dale Mabry Highway location on Tuesday, which happened to be National Cheeseburger Day. Branton dispatched his burgers in under 10 minutes, adding to his previous gustatory accomplishments; he won a Tampa Bay Lightning contest to see who could eat the most chicken wings in three minutes, a wing-eating contest at a Beef O'Brady's in South Tampa and a regional burrito-eating contest.

Bravo's 'Top Chef' will feature St. Pete-based chef Jeffrey Jew in new season 09/20/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 20, 2012 1:26pm]
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