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Heat is on, but Twin Cities cook advances on 'Top Chef'

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Twin Cities chef Sara Johannes felt the heat -- as all cooks do -- but made it past the first round of Bravo TV's reality competition "Top Chef: New Orleans" Wednesday night, the Pioneer Press reports.

Johannes, an executive chef at Shoyu at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, is now in the top 15 after two contestants were eliminated.

During Wednesday night's show Johannes prepared tuna tataki, as well as some strawberry creations that included a beignet, a strawberry shortcake and a cocktail, the paper says.

The Star Tribune says Johannes had the distinction of being the first chef shown in the premiere episode of "Top Chef: New Orleans" a week ago.

Johannes was selected in August as a contestant for the show. A native of Milwaukee, she earned her degree in culinary arts from St. Paul College.

"Top Chef: New Orleans" airs at 9 p.m. CT Wednesdays on Bravo TV.

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