Celebrity Chef Mentors And Their Now-Famous Proteges: Top Chef Edition

Last week, we brought you eleven notable celebrity chef mentors and their proteges who had gone on to become culinary royalty in their own right. This week, we bring you protege roundup: Top Chef Edition! Lots of Top Chefs come into the game already James Beard Award-nominated, and with impressive pedigrees to boot. Here, we rounded up some of the culinary icons our favorite cheftestants studied under before they faced the brutal critiques of Tom Colicchio, Hugh Acheson, Toby Young, and Eric Ripert. Check out our slideshow below to see who prepped five Top Chefs’ asses for the kicking.

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