Top Chef

Meet the Contestants on Top Chef: Just Desserts

Top Chef: Just Desserts premieres on Bravo on September 15, 2010 at 11 p.m. Expect guest appearances from chocolatier Jacques Torres, Le Bernardin pastry chef Michael Laiskonis, Sherry Yard of Spago, and others. We’ve got a list of the cheftestants and a little biographical information below.

Danielle Keene, 29
Hometown: Los Angeles, California; Resides in South Pasadena, California
Owner of Bittersweet Treats, an online dessert company. Former pastry chef at the Little Door, Blair’s, and BLT Steak in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter.

Eric Wolitzky, 38
Hometown: Rochester, New York; Resides in New York, New York
Pastry chef at Baked in Brooklyn.

Erika Davis, 40
Hometown: Tamms, Illinois; Resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Executive pastry chef, the Ponte Vedre Inn and Club. President, Culinary Wonders USA. “The mission of the Culinary Wonders USA is to introduce, share and cultivate minorities in the field of the culinary arts.”

Heather Chittum, 37
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York; Resides in Washington, D.C.
Worked for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan before studying food. Worked at Citronelle, Circle Bistro, and is now the pastry chef at sustainable seafood restaurant Hook.

Heather Hurlbert, 40
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea; Resides in Atlanta, Georgia
Executive pastry chef, Cherokee Town & Country Club.

Malika Ameen, 35
Hometown/Resides in Chicago, Illinois
Former executive pastry chef and co-owner of Aigre Doux.

Morgan Wilson, 37
Hometown: Sonora, California; Resides in Dallas, Texas
Executive Pastry Chef, the Ritz-Carlton Dallas.

Seth Caro, 34
Hometown: Chappaqua, New York; Resides in New York, New York
Former pastry chef at Perilla and Grayz. Facebook friends with Paul Liebrandt.

Tania Peterson, 39
Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts; Resides in Boston, Massachusetts
Pastry chef at catering company Max Ultimate Food. Previously worked at Tremont 647 and Bricco.

Tim Nugent, 41
Hometown: Alburgh, Vermont; Resides in Oakland, California
Executive pastry chef at Scala’s Bistro in San Francisco.

Yigit Pura, 29
Hometown: Ankara, Turkey; Resides in San Francisco, California
First name is pronounced “Yeet.” Former pastry sous at Daniel in New York. Now the executive pastry chef at Taste Catering and Event Planning in San Francisco.

Zac Young, 27
Hometown: Portland, Maine; Resides in New York, New York
Pastry chef at Flex Mussels.

Meet the Contestants on Top Chef: Just Desserts