Who is Dale Talde? 'Top Chef Amateurs' judge also competed on 'Chopped'

From a contestant on cooking shows to judging them, Chef Dale Talde has done it all and he is now coming to 'Top Chef Amateurs'

                            Who is Dale Talde? 'Top Chef Amateurs' judge also competed on 'Chopped'
Dale Talde of 'Top Chef Amateurs' (Instagram/@daletalde)

Reality cooking shows aren't for the weak of heart or palate. For 24 amateur cooks, it's time to show the world just what they are made of on 'Top Chef Amateurs'. Bravo's latest cooking show will see these chefs taking on some classic challenges, with a bit of help from the show's alumni, who will be cooking alongside them and providing them with the support they need.

If you're looking for other culinary shows to check out, you might want to consider 'MasterChef Legends', 'The Chef Show', 'Chopped Junior' and 'BBQ Brawl'.


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Who is Dale Talde?

Born to immigrant Filipino parents, Talde began cooking at a young age. He has often used his Asian-American upbringing as an influence when it comes to his food. He is also an author, having written the cookbook 'Asian American', which was received extremely well.


He's opened multiple restaurants

He opened his restaurant TALDE in 2021 in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, along with two other locations — in Miami, Florida, and in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was also behind the opening of Massoni at the Arlo NoMad Hotel in 2016. He then went on to open Rice & Gold in Manhattan at the 50 Bowery Hotel in Chinatown.


He's been featured on a range of shows

Talde has competed on 'Top Chef' three times so far, but his TV career goes far beyond this. He also competed on 'Chopped', 'Iron Chef America', 'Knife Fight' and was the head judge on 'Knife Fight' Season 4. He was a guest judge on both 'Chopped' and 'Beat Bobby Flay'. Talde spoke to Daily Dish about his judging experience and it turns out, it's not as easy as one might assume it to be. "Being a judge, you get a real respect for what Tom, Padma, Gail do. It's not easy," he explained.

"The job is hard, especially when it's undecided and there's not a clear-cut winner. It's really hard to send someone (home) who you know misstepped by just a little bit," he added. Talde has a range of interests beyond cooking, seeing that he is known to write screenplays, develop show treatments and even create creative content for social media platforms. 


On 'Top Chef Amateurs', Talde makes a comeback as part of the 'Top Chef' alum to help the amateur cooks as they race against the clock while tackling challenges. He will also be a part of the judge's panel this season, alongside Eric Adjepong, Richard Blais, Shirley Chung, Stephanie Cmar, Jennifer Caroll, Tiffany Derry, Joe Flamm, Gregory Gourdet, Kwame Onwuachi, Melissa King and Isaac Toups.

Catch Bravo's 'Top Chef Amatuers' on July 1, 2021, at 9/8c.

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