The season premiere of Bravo’s Life After Top Chef is Wednesday, October 3, and revolves around the lives of four of the most beloved “cheftestants.” The show follows Richard Blais in Atlanta, Jen Carroll in Philadelphia, Spike Mendelsohn in D.C., and Fabio Viviani in Los Angeles as they return to the real world and aim to open new restaurants. With all that publicity fueling their success, we’re guessing these four chefs will soon be in the market for a major home upgrade. Redfin recommends the following homes with amazing kitchens – a must have for busy chefs!
Richard Blais – Atlanta
Richard first appeared on Top Chef: Chicago Season 4, and is known for his innovative and personal take on classic American bistro cuisine. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and two girls. After returning home from competing on Top Chef, Richard founded Trail Blais, a culinary company that has consulted on, designed, and operated some of Atlanta’s most popular eateries including Flip Burger Boutique, HD1 and most recently, The Spence.
Listed by: Common Ground Real Estate, Palmerhouse Properties & Assoc.
List Price: $1,485,000
This 5 bedroom, 3 bath Craftsman style home is within three miles of The Spence, located in the Tech Square area of Atlanta. The home has been completely renovated but maintains a classic feel, much like Richard’s cooking. The kitchen includes a red Falcon range complete with five burners, a stainless steel wok ring, and a slow cook option. The large island offers plenty of space for food prep – and the accompanying bar stools will allow his guests to watch in awe.
51 Lafayette Dr NE
Listed by: Diane Arnold, Dorsey Alston Realtors
List Price: $2,395,000
This charming home in Ansley Park is only a mile and a half from The Spence. The gorgeous kitchen features custom oak cabinets, stone countertops and a commercial range. The dining room offers plenty of space for dinner parties, and during warm fall days Richard can host guests on the outdoor patio, which has a fireplace and built-in gas grill, perfect for coming up with new recipes for Flip Burger.
170 15th St
Listed by: Diane Arnold, Dorsey Alston Realtors
List Price: $3,250,000
The kitchen is a true chef’s kitchen and opens to a sunny family dining room where Richard can chat with his daughters while he cooks. When he’s ready for a little daddy-time, he can retreat to the game room, the perfect spot to play sports video games – one of Richard’s favorite pastimes. The home also features a wine cellar with plenty of space for a chef’s collection of wine. The backyard even includes a putting green, so Richard can work on his swing!
Jennifer Carroll – Philadelphia
Jen first competed on Top Chef: Las Vegas Season 6, where she developed a reputation for being a tough cookie in the kitchen. Jen has been trained by chef Eric Ripert in modern French cuisine, but her favorite thing to make is a really good sandwich. She’s currently working on opening a new restaurant in Philly called Concrete Blonde.
9265 GERMANTOWN Ave
Listed by: Karen Regan, Prudential Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill, EM
List Price: $1,195,000
The kitchen in this 1926 English Tudor home has been totally renovated with Carrera Marble backsplash, a Viking stove and granite countertops. The custom-built cabinetry hides all appliances, including two dishwashers and a wine fridge. The home is only a 15 minute drive to 10 Arts, the restaurant where Jen formerly worked as a sous chef, so she can catch up with chef Ripert at any time.
15 W BELLS MILL Rd
Listed by: Melanie Stecura, Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty
List Price: $2,495,000
This 6,820 sq. ft. home looks as if it was pulled directly out of the English countryside, and is sure to inspire new dishes. The kitchen has been updated in the past five years and includes two ovens, a gas range and an island with beautiful lighting fixtures. It also opens up to the family room, so Jen can socialize with guests as she cooks. Maybe she’ll even invite the Top Chef judges over for a private tasting of her new Concrete Blonde cuisine.
1706 RITTENHOUSE Sq #1401
Listed by: Kelly Pendino-Betley, Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors-Center City
List Price: $4,898,100
This modern condo in the heart of Philly will be perfect for Jen when Concrete Blonde hits the big time. The kitchen features designs by Joanne Hudson and Franke Kitchen Systems, appliances from Bosch, Sub-Zero & Wolf, and fixtures by Dombracht. After spending all day on her feet, Jen can retreat to the fitness center, which includes a sauna, massage rooms, hot tub and lap pool.
Spike Mendelsohn – Washington D.C.
Spike Mendelsohn first competed on Top Chef: Chicago Season 4 and specializes in French cuisine as well as comfort food classics. The Mendelsohn family owns two restaurants in the D.C. area; Good Stuff Eatery, an award-winning burger joint, and We, The Pizza, a gourmet pizza joint. Spike once told The Washington Post his dream kitchen is “in Maui, overlooking the ocean. It has a marble island, gas appliances, a wood-burning oven, a plate warmer, huge sinks and refrigerators, a separate freezer, a great audio system, a full-service bar, a wine room . . . and a waterslide.” We can’t promise we’ll find a home in D.C. with everything on his list, but we’ll do our best!
Listed by: Marc Fleisher, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
List Price: $3,795,000
The kitchen in this classic colonial in nearby Phillips Park has a large granite-top island and a breakfast bar filled with natural light. It has two ovens, a gas range, and a gigantic refrigerator fit for a chef. The home is a blank canvas, just waiting for Spike to add some funky flair.
Listed by: Nelson Marban, Washington Fine Properties LLC
List Price: $1,999,999
Well it’s not Maui, but with lush grounds, a large patio, and a heated Gunite in-ground pool, it’s the next best thing. The home has a wet bar, breakfast room, recreation room and dining room, perfect for hosting guests. The gourmet kitchen features a large island, plenty of counter space, a double oven and six burner gas range.
Listed by: Paul Pike, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
List Price: $18,000,000
Spike is going to have to sell a lot of burgers to live in this place, but it comes pretty darn close to his dream house. The kitchen in this sprawling mansion features a big screen TV, separate freezer, double oven, gas range, and granite countered island. It may not have a pool, but this home has two other things on Spike’s list: a wet bar and wine cellar. We’re sure his neighbors will be thrilled to go to dinner parties at his place, and at 6,625 square feet, this house has plenty of space!
Fabio Viviani – Los Angeles
Fabio was on Top Chef: New York Season 5 and specializes in classic Italian cuisine. He didn’t take home the grand prize, but his Italian accent and charming nature made him a Fan Favorite. Fabio currently resides in Los Angeles, where he owns and operates two restaurants: Café Firenze in Moorpark, CA and Firenze Osteria in Toluca Lake, CA. He plans to expand his empire to Chicago, where he’ll soon be opening a new Italian restaurant.
Listed by: Paul Czako, Gussman Czako Estates
List Price: $3,095,000
Mama mia! Fabio won’t be homesick in this amazing Italian Villa. With authentic fountains, intricate tiles, and wood-beamed ceilings, this home feels like it was pulled straight out of the Tuscan countryside. The kitchen has a rustic feel, but doesn’t skip on amenities, including a built-in barbeque, gas ranch, and antique island. The one-of-a-kind Italian-style outdoor patio features a range and an authentic pizza oven (maybe he can throw in one of those Domino’s pizzas)!
Listed by: Mark Wollman, Hilton & Hyland
List Price: $3,595,000
This magnificent walled and gated villa is filled with exquisite materials and finishes, including imported biblical stone, solid walnut wide-plank flooring, and three carved fireplace mantels from Greece. The kitchen features Caesarstone countertops and stainless steel appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf. The stunning 700-foot outdoor loggia offers the perfect place for Fabio to drink a glass of Nebbiolo straight from the wine cellar.
Listed by: David Kramer, Hilton & Hyland
List Price: $11,995,000
Baths:9This stunning Italianate Villa is Fabio-lous! The entire residence was designed and decorated by fashion mogul and style icon Bijan. With chandeliers, a sweeping floating staircase, and polished stone columns, this home oozes Fabio flare. The jaw-dropping outdoor loggia has a built-in barbeque, so Fabio can practice grilling “boor-gers.”