MSP chef selected to compete on Bravo's 'Top Chef'


An executive chef at a Japanese noodle and sushi shop at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was selected Wednesday to compete on Bravo's upcoming season of "Top Chef," the Pioneer Press reports.

Sara Johannes, who cooks at Shoyu, is among the 18 contestants who were selected to compete in the reality show's 11th season, which will be set in New Orleans.

Johannes, who transitioned from a theater major at the University of Minnesota to a culinary arts graduate at St. Paul College, previously served as an executive chef at celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty restaurant in Dallas. A Milwaukee native, Johannes also served an executive chef at WP24 in Los Angeles before moving back to Minneapolis.

The chef is the first competitor on "Top Chef" working in Minnesota at the time of her selection.

The Pioneer Press says season three finalist Brian Malarkey worked for a time in Minneapolis but was living in California at the time of the competition; and former Stillwater resident Molly Brandt -- a competitor in Season 9 -- was also living in California at the time she was eliminated from the show.

Viewers can follow Johannes' progress in the competition when "Top Chef" begins Oct. 2. The show will then to continue to air Wednesdays, locally at 9 p.m.

Johannes is the second Twin Cities resident to compete in a reality cooking competition this year.

Jordan Roots, a delivery driver from Minneapolis, advanced into the top 10 on Fox's "MasterChef," but missed the cut with seven competitors to go, Entertainment Weekly reports.

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