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Top Chef 7 Florida Casting, in Pictures

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Future chef Amber Plecha. "I just moved to Miami a couple of months ago. I'm a culinary student at Johnson & Wales. Before this, I was a lawyer in New York City. I'm originally from Croatia. I'm really into healthy eating and saving the environment and creating awareness for that. I try to use all organic as much as possible, and I'm not against meat, but I'm not into the whole factory farming."

Executive chef Brian Rutherford, Bistro Mezzaluna in Fort Lauderdale. "I'm not a diehard fan of Top Chef. I mean, I know about it, but I don't watch a lot of TV. I know the prize is $100,000 toward opening your own restaurant. If I won, I would open a neighborhood cafe where people would wanna go two or three times a week who could afford it."

Gina B, owner, Fresh Catering and Events. "I've always been interested in doing the show. I was down in Miami visiting anyway, and I just felt like it was meant to be. Cooking is what I do. If I won, I would expand my business. I've cooked professionally for about nine years. I'm excited and nervous."

Alexis Carrasquillo, Line Cook, Houston's Coral Gables. "My girlfriend brought me out here." She says, "I worked with him at Houston's. He's real quiet but intense, and he's very good at what he does." "If I win the show, I save the money," said Alexis.

The view from the 50th floor.
Top Chef 7's casting call in Miami drew some interesting talent. When the show premieres, I guess we'll see how many Florida folk made it to the show and if any of them were featured in this post.

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