Top Chef Winner’s “Emotional” Return to JWU

Top Chef Kevin Sbraga '03 Plating “Top Chef” winner Kevin Sbraga '03 recently returned to JWU’s North Miami Campus as the latest Distinguished Visiting Chef (DVC).

For Sbraga, it was an emotional visit. “JWU was a major influence on my cooking,” he said. “It’s so incredible to be back.”

Cooking for a Cause
In the evening, Sbraga and a team of students prepared a four-course dinner to benefit the university’s scholarship fund. “These students are great, and they really had a lot of fun putting this meal together,” he said afterward.

Culinary arts major Michael Moran received a DVC scholarship in Sbraga’s name.

Becoming “Top Chef”
In 2010, Sbraga beat out NYC chefs Ed Cotton and Angelo Sosa to win the 7th season of the top-rated Bravo reality show. Head judge Tom Colicchio called Sbraga’s menu “the best we’ve had in any finale — ever.”

The show taught him to become a better chef. “It was a very humbling experience,” he said. “My standards have changed. You expect more from yourself and others.”

Sbraga runs two restaurants in the Philadelphia area: Sbraga, 65-seat bistro recognized as one of Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best Restaurants of 2013,” and The Fat Ham, offering pork-centric Southern fare. Follow Kevin on Twitter.