Universal Studios Hollywood Announces ‘Top Chef’ Alumni for First-Ever Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival

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Universal Studios Hollywood has announced the roster of Top Chef alumni that will be participating in its first-ever Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival. They also revealed a first look at some of the appetizing dishes guests will have the chance to sample at the event, which takes place March 19-20, 2020.

Top Chef alum and fan favorite Chef Shirley Chung is at the helm collaborating with Universal Studios Hollywood’s chefs on a specially curated, eclectic menu inspired by the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Bravo series. Cheftestants from the upcoming Top Chef Season 17 – All Stars LA participating in the festival include Eric Adjepong, Jennifer Carroll, Stephanie Cmar, Lisa Fernandes, Kevin Gillespie, Jamie Lynch, Brian Malarkey, and Joe Sasto. Additional names will be announced at a later date.

Sample menu items featuring cuisines from around the world and inspired by the series, including the Roasted Red Snapper with Green Tomato Salsa Verde, Lechon with Papaya Pico di Gallo, Drunken Doughnuts with Champagne Raspberry Jam, Yuzu Aguachile with Dragonfruit & Avocado, and Liquid Nitrogen Chocolate Mousse. The all-inclusive event will feature a selection of fine wines, craft beers, and speciality cocktails curated for the event. A variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes will also be available at the festival.

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The two day, separately ticketed event takes place at Universal Studios Hollywood and offers general admission, day/night combo tickets, and VIP ticket options (which is currently sold out due to popular demand). The event is open to guests ages 21 and over.

General admission tickets provide access to culinary tastings, live Quickfire Challenges featuring cheftestants from Top Chef season 17, Top Chef alumni panel interviews, themed photo ops and merchandise, lie entertainment, keepsake gifts, and commemorative credential.

The day/night combo tickets will enable guests to receive all the general admission offerings as well as early access to the theme park.

While the VIP ticket is currently sold out, this premium option ticket invites guests to experience several first-class opportunities. The ticket includes an exclusive culinary tasting and meet and greet hosted by Top Chef Season 17 All Star, along with a wine paring, an intimate sampling lounge hosted by a premium vintner, early access to the theme park, as well as complimentary parking.

The inaugural Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival coincides with the Season 17 premiere of Top Chef, which returns on Thursday, March 19 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo with All Stars LA. This season features the fiercest group of competitors the show has seen, with 15 finalists, front runners, and fan favorites from seasons past who have all returned to finish what they started and to battle it out for the coveted title.

You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets here. If you want to see some of the sample dishes available you can check them out here.

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