Brooke Williamson from "Top Chef: Charleston" is one of the chefs competing in season 14 of the Bravo reality cooking competition. She previously was the runner-up of Season 10, "Top Chef: Seattle" and competed on the first season of "Top Chef Duels." She was also one of the chefs featured in the MTV reality series "House of Food." She is the executive chef and owner of Hudson House, The Tripel, Playa Provisions and Da Kikokiko.

Los Angeles native Brooke Williamson has carved out an impressive resume full of leading roles and professional achievement, such as being the youngest female chef to ever cook at the James Beard House and a runner-up on "Top Chef" season 10 in Seattle. As the co-owner and co-chef, along with husband Nick Roberts, of successful ventures including Hudson House in Redondo Beach, and The Tripel, Playa Provisions, and the culinary retail boutique Tripli-Kit in Playa Del Rey, the culinary duo strives to bring a bit of L.A.'s gourmet beachside vibe to the South Bay of Los Angeles. In October 2016, the wife-and-husband team debuted their fifth concept, a fast-casual Hawaiian restaurant called Da Kikokiko in Playa Vista, featuring three of Hawaii's most popular street foods: shave ice, poke, and musubi.

Before the success of her hospitality empire, Williamson's career began as a teacher's assistant at the Epicurean Institute of Los Angeles, followed by a pastry assistant at Fenix, under the tutelage of Michelin-starred chef Ken Frank. She later worked as the youngest sous chef at the nationally acclaimed restaurant Michael's of Santa Monica, before staging at the renowned Daniel restaurant by chef and owner Daniel Boulud in New York City.

Two years later, Williamson was appointed her first executive chef position at the notable Los Angeles restaurant Boxer, which led her to opening the Brentwood eatery Zax as executive chef, where she began to develop her signature California-inspired cuisineā€”infused with local ingredients and global flavors.

In addition to her experience competing on "Top Chef," Williamson has no fear on camera and has also participated on other national TV shows including "Top Chef Duels," winning a battle on Esquire Network's "Knife Fight," and hosting MTV's first foodie series, "House of Food."

Culinary Education: No formal culinary school; learned in the kitchen.

Favorite Simple Winter Recipe: Crispy Duck Confit with Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding and Caramelized Brussel Sprouts




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Age: ∼39 years old
Full Name / Real Name: Brooke Elliot Williamson
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA


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'Top Chef: Charleston' Reveals 8 Returning Chefs — Premiering Thursday, December 1, the fourteenth season of the Bravo culinary competition series will bring back veterans Sam Talbot, Casey Thompson, Amanda Baumgarten, Brooke Williamson, Sheldon Simeon, John Tesar, Shirley Chung and Katsuji Tanabe. Read more...
'Top Chef Duels' Contestants Announced — Premiering Wednesday, August 6, the newest iteration of the Emmy Award-winning franchise pits 18 of the biggest, boldest and most talked-about personalities from past seasons against one another. Read more...
'Top Chef: Seattle': Meet the Contestants — Premiering Wednesday, November 7, the new season features Wolfgang Puck as a new judge along with 21 chef'testants competing for the top crown. Read more...


'Top Chef' Heads to Charleston for Battle of Old Versus New — Premiering Thursday, December 1, the fourteenth season of the Bravo culinary competition series will see eight acclaimed chefs from across the country unpack their knives alongside eight chefs from seasons past, who have never won the prestigious title and are back for redemption. Read more...
'Top Chef 13' Returns to Its Roots in California — Premiering Wednesday, December 2, the new season of the Bravo culinary competition series travels to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. Read more...
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations — "Game of Thrones," "Better Call Saul," "Downton Abbey," "Homeland," "House of Cards," "Mad Men" and "Orange Is the New Black" will duke it out for the top drama prize. Read more...
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