Detroit chef Sarah Welch to star in new season of ‘Top Chef’
When Bravo TV’s competitive cooking show “Top Chef” returns for season 19, a chef from Detroit will be in the running.
Sarah Welch is the executive chef of Marrow, a neighborhood restaurant with a retail butcher shop in Detroit’s West Village.
She is one of 15 chefs who show off their culinary skills, vying for the title of “Top Chef” and the top prize of $250,000. The Season 19 winner will also be featured in Food & Wine magazine and make an appearance at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado.
The 19th season of the popular chef competition show was filmed last fall in Houston.
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Welch isn’t allowed, of course, to discuss how she fared in the ‘Top Chef’ contest, but said she “wasn’t surprisingly nervous” and that it meant a lot to represent. Detroit, small business and local agriculture.
“I treated the whole experience as something I wanted to do well,” Welch said. “I was excited and I was grateful.”
The best part of the experience, Welch said, was growing her network of people she can now rely on and ask questions.
Welch is originally from Ann Arbor and is also the co-founder of the seafood-influenced restaurant Mink in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. She is also part of Nest Egg, a women-owned hotel group formed in 2019 which also includes Marrow co-owner Ping Ho and Rohani Foulkes of Folk in Corktown. In 2019, Marrow was named Detroit Free Press’ Best New Restaurant. Welch was also the former chef of the Republic and Parks and Rec in the Gar building, which was named Detroit Free Press’s Best New Restaurant in 2015.
Recently, Welch was named a semi-finalist in the Great Lakes Region’s Best Chef category for the prestigious James Beard Awards. She also received a 2020 nomination, but did not advance to the finalists.
In Moelle sur Kercheval, his two culinary businesses blend perfectly. The restaurant focuses on nose-to-tail and farm-to-table butchery with an emphasis on reducing waste. The restaurant is where many cuts of meat are broken down from whole cuts, with some appearing on the menu. The other cuts go to the butcher’s retail.
Former Detroit Metro chefs who appeared on different seasons of Bravo’s “Top Chef” were Kiki Louya, formerly of Folk in Corktown, and James Rigato of Mabel Gray in Hazel Park. Dearborn native Mei Lin was the winner of “Top Chef Season 12.” CQ-Names
“Top Chef” season 19 premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday on Bravo.
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