“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 CauseIn 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.