‘Top Chef’ stars help cap off weekend of media-obsessed parties

Stars of Bravo’s “Top Chef” on Sunday helped cap off a weekend of festivities surrounding the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner.

The reality-show chefs served members of the Washington media at the top of the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C. Though there was a noticeable lack of political power players in attendance, guests at the Thomson Reuters brunch were treated to a relaxed and enjoyable day, highlighted by delectable dishes inspired by Washington itself.

“I just do it for the views,” joked Washington-based chef Spike Mendelsohn, whose caviar-topped “Politics and Eggs” breakfast tacos were a smash hit with the crowd.


“Its an important weekend,” he said. “If you’re a D.C. person or D.C. chef, you look forward to Correspondents’ weekend... This one I think is one of the classiest events we have all year in D.C. Not only is it a good size, but it’s one of the premier spots in D.C. It’s an honor to be a part of it.”

Joining Mendelsohn at the brunch were fellow “Top Chef” alumni Casey Thompson, who owns and operates three restaurants and a private dining company in Napa, Calif., and Kwame Onwuachi, who recently opened Kith & Kin in D.C.

“Just hearing the words ‘White-House-Correspondents-anything’ was first exciting and then a little intimidating,” Thompson said. “Knowing it was in DC was super fun for me because I’ve never been. So watching last night’s dinner and then going into this was awesome.”

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