Donna Lee, a casting associate for the television show "Top Chef," just called to ask which Tacoma chefs should be solicited for an audition when the show's producers are in Seattle next week (more info on the open casting call when I get details). She specifically wanted to know which "inventive Tacoma chefs should be on our list" (gotta love those words together).
I gave Lee a partial list of Tacoma toques who fit the show's criteria: chef-owners or executive chefs with cooking credentials that lean to the impressive side.
These chefs immediately came to mind: Diana Prine (Fife City Bar & Grill), Charlie McManus (Primo Grill), Gordon Naccarato (Pacific Grill), Jeff Bishop (Merende) and Matt Brandsey (Sea Grill).
I know I missed many. Which Tacoma chefs do you think producers should ask to come audition? Comment here, please. I'll send our list to Lee.