In her “spare time” this summer – while operating CWC, The Restaurant, opening Station Family + BBQ, and continuing her multi-media cooking advice business – she found a moment to compete on Season 16 of Bravo’s “Top Chef.”
The show will premiere Thursday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. Her business partner and sister, Kelly Trush, says the team covered for her over the summer by saying she was visiting Italy. The truth – she was actually in locations across Kentucky where the show was taped, competing with 15 other contestants from across the U.S. The top five finishers traveled to Macau, China, Bravo says.
The “cheftestants”– as Bravo calls them – took part in cooking contests at some of Kentucky’s most well-known sports venues, such as Churchill Downs, Keeneland and Rupp Arena. Judges and celebrity guests included such notables as Kentucky Wildcats Coach John Calipari and Laila Ali, Muhammad Ali’s daughter. The show was also filmed at Maker’s Mark bourbon distillery, Lake Cumberland and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, among other locations. In addition to serving up their unique versions of classics such as burgoo, Benedictine hoe cakes and dumplings, this season the contestants were also asked to grow their own produce and use their harvest in one of the final Kentucky challenges, according to promotional information from Bravo.
The winning chef will earn $125,000, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine, plus other prizes including a prize package from Williams Sonoma. In addition, during filming, the contestants were furnished with BMW Sports Activity Vehicles to travel to competitions.
Stay tuned for more information on the Cooking with Caitlin team’s newest venture in Wyoming – Station Family + BBQ, which is set to open soon. Check their Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/CincyStation/.