September 29, 2011
Talking with Sacramento "Top Chef" hopeful Tyler Stone

Just got off the phone with Sacramento chef Tyler Stone, who's going to be featured on the upcoming season of "Top Chef: Texas." He's one of 29 chefs from around the country who made the cut for this season - which is twice as many contestants as previous seasons - but will be soon whittled down to 16 once the season kicks in Nov. 2 on Bravo.

Stone is something like the Doogie Howser of Sacramento's culinary scene: He enrolled in culinary school at age 11, cooked at The Kitchen with owner Randall Selland for local TV at age 13, and even has a cookbook under his belt ("The Kid's Cooking"). Now 23, Stone launched his own line of knives, and also works as a private chef around the Sacramento area and beyond. You can read about this and plenty more dish in my Q&A interview with Stone that's running in next Wednesday's Food & Wine section.

In the meantime, check out Stone's casting video from Top Chef's web site. The kid is a hoot ...

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