Bravo’s hit culinary competition "Top Chef" has gotten a little more flavor in its pantheon now that it finally has a Black winner.
Kevin Sbraga received the top prize on the seventh season of Bravo’s popular cooking show, becoming the first African-American winner. The 31-year-old New Jersey native proved to have the best culinary skills this cycle, set in Washington, D.C.
With $125,000 in his pockets, Kevin plans to open a restaurant in Philadelphia. Other perks that come with his win are a spread in Food & Wine magazine, as well as a showcase in the publication’s annual festival in Aspen, Colorado.
He served as the executive chef at Rat’s Restaurant throughout the show, a French restaurant located in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. When host Padma Lakshmi announced Kevin as the winner on the season finale, he couldn’t believe it, asking, “I am?”
“I’m happy that I won," he told the network. "It’s exciting, it’s life changing but I also feel bad for the other guys, you know. I want to see them win, I wish everyone could wi."
Kevin also said that it still hasn’t sunk in yet that he’s the latest champion. He said he just wants to take his time and enjoy the moment. The new Top Chef, also of Italian descent, claimed himself as “the Barack Obama of the cooking game.”
— Genet Lakew