Stefan Richter (born July 2, ) is a chef from Finland, who has resided for many years in Santa Monica, California. He was a runner-up in the fifth season of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show. Richter also competed in Top Chef (season 10). lost Last Chance Kitchen to the eventual Top Chef winner Kristen Kish. The latest Tweets from stefan richter (@topchefstefan). Top Chef New York and Seattle, chef owner Stefans steakhouse, Richterin Asteikko, Dad. Life is short so . GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Kristen Kish is currently the darling of “Top Chef: of course, her flirty little asides with fellow contestant Stefan Richter.
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But the last dish I put out, which was ultimately the one I lost with, was the snapper dish. Have you cooked either since? I have chicken wings on my menu and people love them! We sell a ton of them. Any cuisines or ingredients you were afraid you'd have to cook? I was afraid of a few things but none of them had to do with food. I'm afraid of heights and boats and I had to go to the top of the Space Needle and get on a cruise! My husband and I are opening a restaurant concept.
It opens at the end of March or beginning of April. It's like a beach community restaurant in Playa del Rey in Los Angeles. It's called Playa Provisions. There's three different rooms: What's the biggest lesson you've learned? That I'm actually great under pressure. I can work quickly and think quickly when I need to. I always thought I was the person that needs to work out the menu, but now I don't. I was just at Sundance and I was doing beef cheeks for a person dinner. They were frozen and a block of ice.
You learn to deal with situations that would make most people throw up their hands. Catch up on all the action from our Emmy-award winning series Last Chance Kitchen and see who's facing off on the final episode below. Your browser does not support iframes. Tiffany Derry, Season 7 and Season 8: All-Stars How has life changed since being on the show?
You will never understand how it can change until it happens. Everybody all of a sudden just knew who I was—it's crazy how it happens. Just cooking for a lifetime without doing Top Chef would never have given me the exposure of getting to know the amazing people around the world.
What's the craziest experience been post-show? Her exact words were, 'I fing love Top Chef! Have you watched any seasons since your stint? I feel like it takes me back emotionally and how I felt. I am in those people's shoes! I'm like, 'No, don't do that! What was the toughest challenge about competing? Before All-Stars, I got married and three days later I was back filming. And getting to the finale, I was losing steam.
I felt like I didn't have more in me. That's not normally who I am. I'll never forget while being on Ellis Island and seeing my mom come out But seeing her just gave me so much life! I'm not truly over it. For Season 7, I did a roasted halibut and a mussels with curry and I did vegetables.
I remember during the prep time I put my mussels in the fridge and the next day, the fridge froze everything in there. I couldn't use them because they weren't alive. And all of my herbs and tomatoes were frozen.
I kept thinking, 'OK, it's not over. I can still hear Padma say, 'You know, if you had the mussels, this dish would've been a different dish.
You have to conquer that fear. For Season 8, in the very first challenge, we had to cook the dish that got us eliminated and I was like, 'Oh, hell no! I'm not letting this one go!
I would always do it in the restaurant. I made them during the dim sum challenge and Tom was so disappointed in everyone but on the inside I was like, 'I can really do this! I remember I was just cooking my food and grabbing and cooking and getting out of the weeds and I realized, 'Y'all, this ain't nothing! I'm doing a few TV shows. And I'm writing a book! It's classics from around the world, but I don't want to give away too much. I've learned to cook whatever I want.
Don't be afraid to do something different. Doing Top Chef opened my eyes to so many things happening in the world. Every day I had to push and do a new dish. And every day being told, 'What else do you have? The day I left Season 7, I sat on a plane and jotted down tons of ideas on three sheets of a legal pad: I just found it the other day, actually. It was amazing to read. Casey Thompson, Season 3 and Season 8: All-Stars How has life changed since Top Chef?
It opened up so many doors. The industry has become super saturated with people wanting to get into this career and something like Top Chef helps you stand out. And because I was on during an early season, it was more of an open playing field back then. I had a chance to grasp as much of the career as I wanted to. Not knowing what's coming your way!
Like, 'What are they going to throw at us tomorrow? How are they going to tweak it to make it harder? Any ingredients or cuisine you were afraid you'd have to prepare?
I was really lucky: I never had to make a cake. I felt for the Cheftestants when they announced, 'We're doing a wedding! And someone has to do the cake! That gave me anxiety. On All-Stars, it was the infamous chicken feet. We were in Chinatown and we had to make dim sum. I had to do the chicken feet. It was such a nightmare. What would you have changed? I would stop being so nice.
That was my downfall. I left my food and I forgot this is a competition about the food. And what dish eliminated you for Season 7? It was a whole meal. And the pork belly dish got me in the most trouble.
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We had to leave the kitchen for an hour to receive our additional challenge. I left it in the oven and it dried up. Have you cooked that dish since? I have to do it to make sense of it. And my pork belly is one of the best things I do. I'm opening two spots: They're due to open this spring. And they're right in the heart of San Francisco.
Tiffani Faison, Season 1 and Season 8: All-Stars How has your life changed since Top Chef? It has and it hasn't. Obviously the exposure is enormous and can be used in incredible ways. I've had the opportunity to launch a restaurant that gained attention when most restaurants have to work years to find. The work after that to make it successful is all separate from the show.
It's made me a public person which comes with a significant amount of responsibility and also the detractors of being alert and careful with my words and actions. What's the biggest lesson you learned from the show? Don't take it all too seriously. Nothing is worth doing without it being fun and adding good things to your life.
It's not that serious. What was the toughest challenge about doing both shows?
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Top Chef was just the aftermath. Having the country point at me and think of me in a way I'd never considered myself was hurtful and shocking. All-Stars was an easier experience because my goals were different.
Obviously I would have liked to have lasted longer, but that was out of my hands. I remember them all. It's hard to say what got me eliminated for the first season—I did 10 different dishes. For All-Stars, it was bluefish with summer squash salad. Have you tried to cook them since? They weren't interesting to keep banging my head against the wall. Did you have any strategy to intimidate your competition?
I don't think I had a strategy, maybe I should have. I certainly saw others with strategy and intimidation techniques, but that's not my thing. Anything you were afraid might be sprung upon you in competition?
Nah, whatever comes, comes. It's just like a day at work. I'd like to think I'd stop torturing myself, but it's just so much fun! Stefan Richter, Season 5 and Season 10 Has your life changed? It has been a great ride, I got 5 restaurants I have a great team, happy life, a few bucks to spare and my own show. Be who you are and enjoy the ride. Enjoy your seven seconds because casting for season 12 is going to go on. Out of sight, out of mind. I still have four minutes left.
Toughest experience about doing the competition? Just being away from home, your phone, and chill time. It eats at you. You can ask anybody.
It is a blur. I don't remember anything [laughs]. Would you do the show again? But I would love to do a survival version of it in the woods and you have to eat to survive.
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I'd love to do six months in the middle of nowhere. Ed Cotton, Season 7 How has life changed since being on the show? A lot of things. More opportunities for travel and seeing parts of the world I never would've been able to see otherwise.
I went to Malaysia to write recipes for the tourism board. What was the toughest experience about Top Chef Just trying to execute the food that I really wanted to do in such a short amount of time. Any challenges that were particularly tough? But some of them were very difficult because it's hard to come up with something off the cuff super fast. What's your favorite dish you created? I did a spicy rice cake with pork bolognese, a sweet and sour pork.
I really excelled towards the finale. I really embraced Singapore and everything they had to offer. So that was a really fun dish to make. I think it was my lack of dessert experience. We were forced to create a dessert—no ifs ands or buts. I should've thought a little bit more. I made a sticky toffee pudding with whipped cream. It didn't jive well with the rest of the meal.
Have you made it since? But I do enjoy it. I have definitely learned more about pastries and desserts in the hope I get called back. We have a wood burning oven and we do new takes on classic Italian dishes, and we're working with cool local ingredients. So you would do Top Chef again? It was a great overall experience. It has changed more than ever expected. The sightings at malls and grocery stores are always a fun surprise. The competition pushed my career 10 years forward, from where I would have if I never did Top Chef.
That I really can do anything. I have to dig deep and believe! What was the toughest experience? The crazy hours, stress, the element of surprise always around the corner, and second guessing yourself every challenge.
Have you tried to cook them post-show? My finale meal was a turning point for me, and how I cook. I love that meal. We will have transportation services to and from the Sideways Inn. We politely request an adult only reception.
Lauren has been the best roomie, study buddy through PT school, WitchKitch Chef, running partner, and sister anyone could ever ask for: Some favorite memories with Lauren are sleepover parties on Christmas Eve, combined birthday parties, playing soccer together, late night popcorn popping, and having someone to count on for anything and everything! She is currently living in Long Beach, California. Sammie has a talent to convince anyone to do anything, especially if it involves jumping into a body of water!
Some favorite childhood memories with Sam include biking to each other's houses, having tea parties on the kitchen cutting board, performing magic shows, going to the beach and catching golf cart rides to the pool in Emerald Bay, jumping into the waterfall at the Ranch, visiting her at Notre Dame and Hawaii, surprising her for her birthday in NYC and many more!
India Craig - Bridesmaid Indy and Kristen met in 4th grade when she transferred to Kellogg Elementary and have been one of Kristen's closest friends ever since. Some favorite memories with Indy are the many sleepover parties and hilarious skits we created, yearly pool parties and beach parties for Indy's birthday, playing high school soccer together, and fun girls nights out!
They are proud parents of a new puppy, Cleo. Skyler Muench - Bridesmaid Skyler has been one of Kristen's closest friend since 1st grade at Kellogg Elementary school. Some favorite memories with Sky are tubing and ATVing at The Lake, rooftop tanning, making up dances to our favorite songs, getting ready for school dances together, and visiting her at Cal Poly and San Francisco!
Nicole Voyen - Bridesmaid Nicole and Kristen became close friends in 2nd grade at Kellogg Elementary school and have been inseparable ever since. Nicole is currently working at Airbnb in San Francisco, CA living with her sister and has her boyfriend, Sean close by. Kitra Walters - Bridesmaid Kitra and Kristen became close friends Sophomore year of college at Cal Baptist University where they played soccer together.
They weren't officially roommates until Kristen's Senior year but spent most of every day together! Some favorite memories are the many team road trips, Cinco De Mayo, running a half marathon together, exploring Europe on our 3-week backpacking trip, laying on the beach in Cabo, and visiting her fam in Oakland!
Crissy Cunningham - Bridesmaid Crissy is Stephen's little sister and soon-to-be Kristen's sister-in-law! Lisa Scott - Bridesmaid Lisa is Kristen's cousin and they have always been close considering they grew up a few miles away, went to the same elementary school, had weekly family dinners atand went on yearly trips to family reunions or Lake Powell.
Some favorite memories are playing kick the can with all the cousins, ski trips to Tahoe, making up board games in Cape Cod, dancing to the Macarena at Lake Powell, playing high school soccer together, visiting Laur at UCLA and spending family holidays together!
She is living with her husband, Brian in Camarillo, CA. Melissa Scott - Bridesmaid Mel is Kristen's baby cousin although not so baby anymore as she is the tallest. She is also Lisa's sister so again we have grown up very close! Some favorite memories are playing dolls we LOVED dollsspending time together at every family reunion, tubing and wake boarding at Powell, making gingerbread men on Christmas Eve, and many more!
Melissa is currently exploring the Land Down Under and Bali while simultaneously applying for her Masters in social work. Chad is currently Stephen's roommate, coworker, and one of his best friends. On a typical weekend, you can find both of them at the golf course in the morning, smokin' ribs or try-tip in the backyard, and jammin' on the guitar.
They can also occasionally be found cycling around the Five Cities area, trying to beat the other in time, elevation gain, and fastest speed recorded. They first met while attending Liberty High School in Bakersfield and playing soccer on the high school team. They kept in touch over the years having the same interests such as engineering and sports.
Jordan Hong - Groomsman sosomethingnotsochillhappenedlastnight It was and Liberty High School soccer tryouts were up and running. Stephen had gone to a different middle school than most everyone at LHS so friends were few at this point. A charismatic teammate walked up to Stephen and befriended him during tryouts Jordan and Stephen became great friends, teammates, roommates, and travel mates. Jordan lived with Stephen while attending UC Davis. After Stephen left UC Davis and eventually ended up at the University of Wyoming, they continued to keep in touch, traveling to meet one another.
Jordan and Stephen also did a backpacking trip through Europe for three weeks inwhere he met Kristen for the first time, prior to Stephen starting his new job with Vaquero Energy. Jordan currently lives in Long Beach, CA and they continue to be great friends. Dack is arguably Stephen's most passionate friend when it comes to college football, and specifically Nebraska Football.