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Top Chef Tamil Takeover

May/03/2024 / by Team Seema

Rasika Venkatesa is this season’s breakout star

Bravo-lebrities are most often Real Housewives, but season 21 of Top Chef has its very own South Asian breakout star. The thousand-watt smile of chef Rasika Venkatesa is enough for anyone changing channels to stop and watch, but her food is what has the Internet a buzz. 

Each week, Chef Rasika has been churning out dishes inspired by her heritage with Tamil Nadu cuisine. Her Instagram says she’s reinventing Tamil cuisine one idly at a time. Which has even the most educated chefs, including the shows seasoned judges asking, “What is Tamil cuisine?”. Weekly watch parties are being schooled by her culinary prowess and versions of south Indian dishes like idly are popping up all over social media. 

Chef Rasika’s mission to put Tamil cuisine on the map and give it a global platform is working. Her goal to showcase the states of India and highlight how diverse they are is happening every Wednesday night on primetime TV. She is combining her heritage and tradition, learning from cooking with her grandmother, with her modern culinary skills, garnered from time in Michelin Star restaurants and kitchens like the famed French Laundry, with her inherent adventurous cooking style and it’s paying off big. Each week she’s been earning accolades from guest judges, quick fire wins and immunity, keeping her in the spotlight as other chefs get sent home one by one.

Does Rasika have what it takes to go all the way to the top? Follow along and see if this chef and her idly have what it takes this season in Wisconsin. Top Chef airs weekly on BRAVO Wednesdays at 10pm EST. 

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