Feb 7, 2024 - Food and Drink

Houston chef competes in "Top Chef" Season 21

Michelle Wallace wearing a white chef's coat

Go, Michelle, go! Photo: Stephanie Diani/Bravo

Houston culinary star Michelle Wallace has high hopes for becoming America's next "Top Chef."

Driving the news: Bravo announced Wallace as one of 15 "cheftestants" who will compete on Season 21 of the cooking competition show, which premieres March 20.

Catch up fast: Wallace was the executive chef at Gatlin's BBQ but left in 2023 to start B'tween Sandwich Co., a pop-up restaurant that blends her pitmastery and kitchen skills.

  • While studying at Texas Southern University, she started making meals for Houston Texans players after being introduced by her cousin, a player on the team.
  • She then went to culinary school and worked at several restaurants before starting her own business.

Flashback: Wallace competed on Food Network's "BBQ Brawl" back in 2022.

The big picture: The Bayou City's food scene is nationally, if not globally, acclaimed.

  • Wallace is well positioned to add to the heaping pile of evidence that Houston should indeed be a world-renowned food city.

How to watch: Season 21 will air Wednesdays on Bravo.

  • Episodes will be released the next day on Peacock.
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