Top Chef Winner Gabe Erales on His ‘First of Its Kind’ Restaurant

Top Chef winner Gabe Erales has shared some exciting news! It’s hard to believe, but Top Chef Season 18 was only two seasons ago. A time when Padma Lakshmi was host and judge. Maybe Padma will come back someday! Still, fans will no doubt remember finalists of that season, Gabe Erales, Shota Nakajima, and Olympian-turned-chef Dawn Burrell who all competed for the gold.

Gabe flew under the radar and won that season against his fellow cheftestants, Shota and Dawn. So, what has the Season 18 champ been up to since that win? Well, he has finally opened up a restaurant that has been simmering on his mind low and slow for quite some time.

Top Chef winner Gabe is dishing up diverse and unique flavors

For those living in Austin or visiting the city, you get to be lucky enough to check out Gabe’s new hot spot, Bacalar. Gabe told Bravo, “Obviously, this project has been a long time coming, And I think it’s really the first of its kind in the U.S. There’s really not many restaurants that have taken such a laser focus on the cuisine of the [Yucatan] peninsula in Mexico.”

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