‘Top Chef’ Winner Finally Gets in the Game

And it doesn't matter if Tom and Padma don't like it.Photo: Melissa Hom

Top Chef is roundly mocked in culinary circles, but that might change with the opening of Perilla, announced by Rob and Robin in this weeks issue. The winner of the shows first season, Harold Dieterle, has launched a small but serious Pan-Asian restaurant in the West Village, and its menu doesnt look like the work of a cheesy TV wannabe. Spicy duck meatballs look like a response to the famous Italian version served at A Voce; crispy sauted skate wing with watermelon pickles, Thai basil, and hibiscus broth reads like a Zak Pelaccio homage. Dieterle has entered the real-world top-chef competition that is New York, and it looks like hes starting out strong.

Openings: Spirito Ristorante, Perilla, Casellula Cheese & Wine Caf, and Sandros [NYM]

Perilla Menu