Philly represents with 2 local chefs kicking off 16th season of Top Chef

Hadas Kuznits
December 06, 2018 - 7:55 pm
Edmond Konrad, chef de cuisine at Laurel restaurant, was one of two Philly chefs participating in the Top Chef reality competition.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 16th season of Top Chef kicks off Thursday night with two Philadelphia chefs. 

Edmond Konrad, chef de cuisine at Laurel restaurant, was one of two Philly chefs participating in the Top Chef reality competition.

"Me and one of the chefs, we had this running joke it was like summer camp for chefs. It's like all these people that care about their craft so much, and then you get to spend time with them and just get to see them and meet them and all their skills and different personalities, and different types of cuisine and different motivations for what they do was probably most eye opening," Konrad said. 

He competed against 14 other chefs from around the country, including Philly's Natalie Maronski, a longtime employee of Garces Group. 

"We didn't know each other personally outside of just being acquaintances before the show, and after the show I consider us friends," he said. 

In fact, he says all of the 15 contestants became tight over the course of filming.

"Like just this morning I woke up to like 25 text messages," he said. 

Konrad says Top Chef was a bonding experience, "because it is really intense and it is really hard and you're all experiencing it for the first time."

So how was it to participate in Top Chef? 

"It's a competition, so it's not like what I do every day, technically. It's not exactly the same. It's a different skill set," he explained. 

He hopes this food scene in Philly might one day include a restaurant of his.

"I've been at Laurel since day one, and I love the restaurant, and I love my team and I love it. But I would like to have my own thing you know, so we'll see," he said.