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Posted at 7:57 PM ET, 03/11/2010

'Top Chef' coming to Washington

By Terri Rupar

The next season of Bravo's hit “Top Chef" is set to be taped in Washington this spring, sources say. The reality competition show — about to enter its seventh season — has boosted the careers of local chefs such as Carla Hall, Spike Mendelsohn and Bryan Voltaggio.

There was a sizable local presence on the show last season, with Zaytinya's Mike Isabella; Bryan Voltaggio, chef-owner of Volt in Frederick; and Michael Voltaggio, Bryan's brother, then at the L.A. restaurant of Washington's José Andrés. (Not food-related, but read about Isabella's wedding here.)

Washington's Carla Hall made it to the finals the previous season, as well. And Spike Mendelsohn has opened Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill.

--Joe Yonan

By Terri Rupar  | March 11, 2010; 7:57 PM ET
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How do we get into the EATING events?!?!?!

Posted by: mattgitlin | March 11, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes! I am fired up!
Please pack your knives.

Posted by: SW-Joe | March 11, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

For a story on local Top Chefs at home, visit

Posted by: sharon24 | March 11, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

YESS!!! Not that this really means anything, but it should be a HUGE boost to our foodie egos and a big HELLO to the world that our culinary scene is blossoming, bigtime!

Posted by: crzytwnman | March 12, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Woohoo! It's about time Top Chef does a season in DC - so many great restaurants here.

Posted by: NoVAredsox | March 12, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather have Top Chef than the Real Housewives!

Posted by: mdreader01 | March 12, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree with do we get into Restaurant Wars especially! WOOOOOO

Posted by: sigmagrrl | March 12, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I love that show!

Posted by: jabreal00 | March 12, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

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