Philly's Elmi wins 'Top Chef'
Nicholas Elmi scored major national culinary cred for Philadelphia Tuesday night by winning the crown on Bravo's Season 11 Top Chef, following in the footsteps of the Season 7 winner, Philly's Kevin Sbraga.
Elmi, the owner of Laurel, a new BYOB on East Passyunk, beat his final competitor Nina Compton, the St. Lucia-born chef de cuisine of Scarpetta Miami, in a multi-course showdown in Hawaii. But Elmi, the former chef at Le Bec-Fin and Rittenhouse Tavern, had some sous-chef help from homie Jason Cichonski, the Ela chef who was booted earlier in the show.
Among the winning dishes was Elmi's shrimp-bisque take on Cichonski's signature scallop noodles. The reward? Elmi wins $125,000 and a spread in Food and Wine magazine. (See Craig LaBan's review of Laurel in Arts & Entertainment Sunday.)