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170 Wine & Spirit Purveyors • 70 of San Diego's Top Chefs
Celebrity Chefs • Cooking & Wine Tasting Classes
Big Bottle Auction • Continuous Food and Wine Tastings
Over 800 Wines • $50,000 Chef of The Fest Competition

Eli Kirshtein

Former Bravo TV Top Chef, Season 6

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Born and raised in Atlanta, Eli Kirshtein, 26, has rapidly become one of the prominent, young chefs in the local landscape.   He started his culinary career at the age of 16 as a cook under Chefs Kevin Rathbun  and Richard Blais.  Eli left Atlanta to attend the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  During his time there, Eli worked in some of the country’s greatest kitchens including; Le Bernardin, Alain Ducasse, Restaurant Daniel, and Jean Georges.  While working with some of the world’s finest chefs, Eli acquired solid technique and a dedication to quality ingredients. 

Upon graduating, Eli returned to Atlanta to reunite with Richard Blais, working as his Sous Chef at One. Midtown Kitchen.  After two years at One, Eli took a year long hiatus to work under Alberto Cabrera at Miami’s Karu & Y as Executive Sous Chef.   Working under Blais and Cabrera, Eli began to fine tune his modern approach to food while still maintaining the formal principles of his classical training. 

In 2009, Eli appeared on the Emmy award nominated show Top Chef: Las Vegas, on Bravo Television.  He finished strongly amongst a formidable cast of high-caliber chefs. 
Beginning in Fall 2010, Eli will be busy securing a restaurant spot in Atlanta for his forthcoming concept.  He will also be appearing in demonstrations and workshops across the country. 

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