Chicago's Joe Flamm Shares Recipe That Earned Him ‘Top Chef' Crown

Chef Joe Flamm, executive chef of Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia and the reigning "Top Chef" champion, shared with NBC 5 his Tonno Vitelatto, the dish he prepared in the final episode of the hit cooking show that earned him the winning title.

Flamm shared the dish ahead of his appearance at Chicago Gourmet on Sept. 29, where he will host a cooking demonstration on the Main Stage. 

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Tonno Vitelatto Recipe


8 slices of Bluefin tuna

6oz mayo

2oz veal demi

2oz pastrami spice

2oz watercress

2oz parsley

2oz smoked waygu beef fat

8oz tapioca malto dextrin

2oz capers drained

4oz olive oil

2oz sea salt

2oz lemon juice


1. Mix mayo with demi, set aside.

2. Take waygu fat and buzz together in robot coupe until turns into powder

3. Fry capers at 350 degrees until crispy

4. Mix parsley and watercress

5. Put mayo in middle plate, season tuna, with lemon, olive oil and salt

6. Top with greens, capers, pastrami spice, and waygu powder

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