Portland-Born Restaurateur Gabriel Pascuzzi on The Most Challenging Season of ‘Top Chef’ Yet

Walking onto this season of Top Chef (which airs tonight, April 1, on Bravo), Gabriel Pascuzzi — the Portland native responsible for Stacked Sandwiches, Mama Bird, and the incoming bowl spot Feel Good — knew the set pretty well. Filmed in Portland and other Oregon tourist destinations, Pascuzzi knew his way around the seasonal produce, knew the filming locations, knew guest judges like Kann’s Gregory Gourdet. What he wasn’t prepared for, however, was the sheer amount of cardio the show required. “It was an extra-big kitchen this year, because of social distancing, so you got your steps in for sure,” Pascuzzi says. “And no gyms are open during the

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