For the very first time, an Alaskan chef will represent the 49th State on the upcoming season of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef”, which is set to premiere later this year. 

Laura Cole is the owner and executive chef at 229 Parks Restaurant and Tavern located in Denali. Starting Dec. 7, viewers from all over the world will see her go head to head with 15 other chefs from across the country for the Top Chef crown. 

Top Chef is going on its fifteenth season. This time, judges and contestants are headed to the Rocky Mountain State of Colorado. Challenges will include each chef putting their own flair on Colorado-themed dishes like Rocky Mountain oysters and the Denver omelet.

Whoever is crowned Top Chef, they'll receive $125,000, a feature in Food & Wine magazine and a showcase at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

According to her restaurant’s website, Cole started working in Alaska restaurants 20 years ago and fell in love with it. 

"I fell in love with how warm and welcoming kitchens could be," Cole said on her website. "A space where creative energy, humor, satisfying hard work all come together to nurture and nourish."

Cole has been nominated twice for a James Beard Award -- Best Chef Northwest. She is passionate about Alaska cuisine and takes advantage of everything the state has to offer. 

"I strive to highlight Alaska in all my creations and menus," Cole said. "I love world cuisines and am constantly adapting flavor profiles and dishes to reflect what Alaska has to offer. For instance adding Alaskan low bush cranberries to highlight the flavors of a Moroccan inspired dish. I am constantly striving to define Alaskan cuisine."

Top Chef: Colorado premiers Thursday, Dec. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Watch the video below for a preview of the new season.


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