Local Italian eatery Spiaggia is taking a victory lap after its executive chef, Joe Flamm, was last night named the winner of the 15th season of Bravo’s cooking show “Top Chef.”
Spiaggia’s social media lit up with pictures of a viewing party and ensuing celebration hosted at the restaurant, 980 N. Michigan Ave. Friends, family, other chefs and even Flamm's grandmother appear in the photos.
The restaurant's Twitter and Facebook banner images also changed to a photo of Flamm that proclaims his as the "Top Chef" Season 15 winner.
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"Last night’s finale left Chef @FlammJoe absolutely speechless! We couldn’t be more proud of all you’ve accomplished on Season 15 of @bravotopchef! #TeamFlamm," the restaurant tweeted.
Flamm, who was raised in Ashburn and now lives in Humboldt Park, took home the title of Top Chef with a four-course Italian meal. He won out over fellow South Side native Adrienne Cheatham, who is from Hyde Park but now lives in New York City.
"Let the celebrations begin! A HUGE cheers to Chef @FlammJoe for becoming @BravoTopChef!" Spiaggia tweeted shortly after the victory aired.
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After he won, Flamm said on the show that he was eager to bring back what he learned in the competition to Spiaggia.
It had been a decade since a Chicago-area chef won the competition. The prior, Evanston native chef Stephanie Izard, was named Top Chef in the show’s fourth season in 2008.