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Names & Faces: "Top Chef" contender Timothy Dean faces foreclosure

Financial hot water is boiling in Dean's kitchen. (David Geisbrecht/Bravo)

Maybe "Top Chef" was the wrong kind of television show for Timothy Dean.

These days, the D.C.-bred restaurateur seems better suited for a legal drama. Last July Dean filed suit against developers at National Harbor, who he claims short-changed him on a $600,000 investment. This weekend Prime, the former cooking show contender's Baltimore-based steakhouse, popped up on a foreclosure auction list.

According to Jimmy Bell, one of Dean's attorneys, the sale isn't going to happen. "Tim Dean has talked to his banks, he's filing for chapter 11," says Bell. "This will give his businesses an opportunity to regroup." Bell says Dean will bounce back. "It's nothing different than Donald Trump has done. And Trump is still on top."

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By The Reliable Source  |  August 9, 2010; 5:22 PM ET
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