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Brooke Williamson (born August 15, 1978, Los Angeles, California)[1] is an American chef, television personality and restaurateur. She is a Top Chef television series alum and co-owns Playa Provisions and Company for Dinner with her chef husband Nick Roberts.[2]


In 2001 Williamson was hired by Chris and Chantal Schaefer as executive chef of Zax where she met her husband who was her sous chef.[3] Two years later she opened a restaurant with Roberts – Amuse Café. The couple thereafter opened Hudson House (which she left in December 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic)[4] the Tripel,[5] Playa Provisions,[6] Tripli-Kit, and Da Kikokiko.[7]

Television appearances

Williamson has participated on Bravo's, Top Chef Duels, Esquire network's Knife Fight (where she took home the win) and Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games.[8] On BBQ Brawl she was a judge and she was host and mentor for  MTV's House of Food.[9] She worked with Eko and Walmart on Cook Together, which was the first 'real time' cooking show in which viewers can cook with the hosts while they cook.[10]


Williamson regularly participates in philanthropic efforts, oftentimes with Roberts.[11] Examples of this include: her place on the Leadership Council of No Kid Hungry and[12] a supporter[13] of the James Beard Foundation.[14] During the coronavirus pandemic she has been active in 'Help Feed the Frontline LA'[15] and World Central Kitchen.[16]

Acclaim and awards

Williamson won Season 14 of Top Chef[17] as well as three consecutive challenges in Last Chance Kitchen.[18] She is the youngest female chef to cook at the James Beard House[19] and at aged 21 she became the youngest sous chef at Michael's.[20] To date she has won and has been an all-star judge for Top Chef.[21] Williamson and Roberts were awarded the title of "Rising Star Chefs" from StarChefs in 2004.[22] Padma Lakshmi dubbed her the "Quickfire Queen."[23] Williamson was the winner of the inaugural Food Network Tournament of Champions in April, 2020, and the runner-up in 2021 and 2022.[24]


  1. ^ "How 'Top Chef' Season 14 Winner Brooke Williamson Got Where She Is Today". Food & Wine. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  2. ^ "'Top Chef'-led Concept Playa del Rey Introduces New Cocktail Program". FSR magazine. July 21, 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  3. ^ "Woodside Eatery Is Gone, but Zax Is Fine in Its Place". Los Angeles Times. 2001-01-25. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  4. ^ Elliott, Farley (2020-12-02). "Top Chef's Brooke Williamson Walks Away From 12-Year-Old Hudson House Restaurant". Eater LA. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  5. ^ "The Tripel". Food Network. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  6. ^ "Brooke Williamson". FineCooking. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  7. ^ "Brooke Williamson '96". Crossroads School. 2021-01-13. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  8. ^ Walsh, S. M. (2017-02-17). "Who Won 'Top Chef' Season 14 'Last Chance Kitchen' Tonight?". Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  9. ^ "Chef Brooke Williamson to Appear on MTV's 'House of Food'". Redondo Beach, CA Patch. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  10. ^ "Cook with Chef Brooke Williamson | Cook Together by eko". eko Interactive Video. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  11. ^ "How Chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts nail success in both work and marriage". Southbay. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  12. ^ "Bio". Brooke Williamson. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  13. ^ "Brooke Williamson". Bravo TV Official Site. 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  14. ^ "Brooke Williamson | James Beard Foundation". Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  15. ^ "How to Support Small Businesses in L.A. During COVID-19". Condé Nast Traveler. 2020-04-07. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  16. ^ Thompson, Elise (2020-03-30). "Local Chefs Partner with José Andrés' World Central Kitchen to Feed our Healthcare Heroes". The LA Beat. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  17. ^ Fisher, Lynn. "Season 14". Top Chef Stats. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  18. ^ Repanich, Jeremy (2021-04-01). "Here's What All 17 'Top Chef' Winners Are Doing Now". Robb Report. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  19. ^ "Chef Bio: Brooke Williamson". Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  20. ^ ""Top Chef: Portland," Episode 11 Recap: Home Cooking". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  21. ^ ""All has not been won. Not everything has been lost"", The Gender Politics of the Namibian Liberation Struggle, Basler Afrika Bibliographien, pp. 177–194, 2014-05-03, doi:10.2307/j.ctvh9vv1v.11, ISBN 9783905758269, retrieved 2021-09-05
  22. ^ "Brooke Williamson & Nick Roberts of Amuse Café (Now Closed)". Star Chefs. Archived from the original on 2021-09-05.
  23. ^ Russell, Michael (2021-06-11). "'Top Chef' Portland: Gabriel Rucker guest stars, while a bad choice dooms a fan favorite (Episode 11 recap)". oregonlive. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  24. ^ "Underdog Brooke Williamson Wins Food Network's Epic Culinary Competition Tournament of Champions". April 2, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2021.