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Meet the Chicago chefs of 'Top Chef' Season 11
There's more to come from the New Orleans-based 11th season of "Top Chef" than host Padma Lakshmi tossing the cheftestants Mardi Gras beads instead of making them draw knives. This year's cast features a rockabilly chick, a proud recipient of the title of Philly's Hottest Chef and Stephanie Cmar, whom fans will recognize as the roommate of Season 10 winner Kristen Kish. It also features two Chicago chefs who met for the first time on the show: Carlos Gaytan of Mexique in West Town and Aaron Cuschieri of Slurping Turtle in River North. We chatted with each of them by phone in advance of Wednesday's premiere to hear about their fondest food memories, reality show alibis and where they love to chow down when they close their kitchens for the night.
By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
October 1, 2013