Reality TV show: Top Chef (2006-2007)

The innovative Top Chef contestant might have arrived on the Bravo show a line cook, but he left a star, snatching the title, the cash prize, and presumably more shit from the Glad family of products than any man could ever need. Thanks to the establishment of his acclaimed L.A. eatery, The Gorbals, which offers up inventive (sometimes sacrilegious) eats like bacon-wrapped matzoh balls and banh mi poutine, we can all see taste for ourselves that that money was truly put to good use. 

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