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Bret Pelaggi from "Top Chef: New Orleans" is one of the chefs competing in season 11 of the Bravo reality cooking competition.

Chef Bret Pelaggi began his cooking career as a teenager at a local Norwood, Massachusetts, restaurant. After graduating from the New England Culinary Institute, he went on to work at Boston-area restaurants including L' Espalier, Kingfish Hall, Sibling Rivalry and Chiara. Bret believes in using local products along with pasture fed meat and game, and enjoys a rustic approach to cooking, saying, "I love braising and cooking on the bone, and classic stock based sauces." 

When not working, Bret loves playing all sports and exercising. He currently resides in Miami where he is looking forward to establishing himself on the culinary scene. 

Profession: Chef de Cuisine
Culinary Education: A.O.S., New England Culinary Institute
Favorite Fall Recipe: Beef Short Ribs Braised in Oatmeal Stout with Creamed Parsnip, Shaved Brown Butter and Brussel Sprouts




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BRET PELAGGI (TOP CHEF): FACTS

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Age: ∼37 years old
Hometown: Norwood, MA
Current Residence: Miami, FL





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