21. Jennifer Carroll, Top Chef (Bravo)
Philadelphia chef Jen Carroll was originally a contestant on Top Chef season 6, but she really made her mark on Top Chef: All Stars. Her profanity-lace meltdown over a less-than-satisfactory serving og pork belly and eggs was one of the show’s most memorable moments.
“The Philadelphia came out in me,” Carroll explained later. She supposedly had a West Village restaurant called Concrete Blonde in the works, but Carroll lost her backers in March and the project looks like it’s dead in the water. Thus, it’s the perfect time for a cooking comeback.