Chef Gabe Erales Bio, Wiki
Chef Gabe Erales has been competing on season 18 of Top Chef and was announced the winner of the competition on Thursday, July 1st, 2021. The finale aired two back-to-back episodes beginning at 9 pm ET on Bravo. He is set to receive $250,000 from the Reality TV competition.
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Chef Gabe Erales Education
He graduated with his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas in 2002. During this time, Gabe realized his true calling remained in the kitchen and concurrently completed culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu Austin in 2006.
Erales also has a scholarship fund called Ninos De Maíz, with the vision to “create educational and career opportunities for underprivileged Hispanic immigrants by creating a revenue source for secondary education at the Culinary Institute of America,” as per his website.
Chef Gabe Erales Career
Erales began working in kitchens at just 15 years old. According to his website, “Gabe’s cooking philosophy strives to focus on locality through strength in relationships with local farmers. Gabe also seeks honesty in his roots by sourcing unique varieties of landrace corn, chiles, and other ingredients from different regions of Mexico.”
He is the owner of a Mexican-inspired eatery called Bacalar. It is slated to open in the Fall of 2021.
Throughout his cooking career, Erales has received multiple awards for his restaurant including 2020 CultureMap Restaurant of the Year, Esquire’s Best New Restaurant in America, Texas Monthly Best New Restaurant 2020, and was an Austin 40 Under 40 Nominee.
“A lot of how I look at food today is also largely influenced by my time working with Chef Jesse Griffiths [of Dai Due] and Rene Redzepi [of Noma],” Erales told Forbes back in 2019. “They both have an equally interesting talent of identifying the beauty in local products and bringing the absolute best out of them while minimizing waste.”
He has been recognized by top food magazines including, Esquire, austin monthly, TRIBEZA, and TexasMonthly.
Wife & Children
Although not much is available about his family, he has a wife and three children. On June 20th. he posted on Instagram, Thankful to be a Father to these beautiful kids but I am even more thankful for my beautiful wife who holds it down as both a Father and Mother and is always by my side to support me unconditionally. ❤️ 📸
Erales also has a substantial media following with over 19,000 followers on Instagram.