The recent "Bones" episode "The Maiden in the Mushrooms" featured a special guest star. The guest was none other than celebrity chef Susan Feniger. Feniger is an award-winning American chef with multiple cookbooks under her belt. She is arguably most famous to TV fans who watch "Top Chef." She appeared on the second season of "Top Chef Masters." She also judged an episode of the ninth season of "Top Chef." Feniger also appeared on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch."
However, Feniger isn't the only "Top Chef" personality who also appeared on scripted TV programs. From sci-fi to animated shows, you won't believe where the famous faces of "Top Chef" have been spotted over the years.
Padma Lakshmi appeared on "Star Trek: Enterprise"
"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi appeared in a second season episode of "Enterprise." She played a snooty space princess who Trip rescued from stasis. The two crashed on a swampy planet, and ended up having a passionate tryst before she had to return to her people. She may not have won any acting awards, but the appearance certainly boosted her profile among sci-fi fans.
Wolfgang Puck appeared on "90210"
Wolfgang Puck recently appeared on "90210" as himself. He judged a food truck contest staged by Naomi. Puck is actually a prolific TV guest star. In addition to appearing on "Top Chef" as a judge, he as appeared as himself on scripted shows such as "Las Vegas" and "The Simpsons." He also appeared twice on "Frasier." He appeared once as himself, and provided the voice of the caller named Tom in the episode "Merry Christmas."
Anthony Bourdain appeared on "Archer"
After appearing as a judge on "Top Chef," Bourdain provided the voice of the villainous chef Lance Casteau on FX's animated spy comedy "Archer." Bourdain has also appeared as Dr. Tony on the kid's show "Yo Gabba Gabba." These days, you are more likely to see Bourdain on an episode of "The Taste" than on "Top Chef."
Honorable Mention: Tom Colicchio was almost on "Sex and the City"
"Top Chef" judge and mentor Tom Colicchio could have launched into the national spotlight much sooner if he'd been able to take the part he was offered on "Sex and the City." He was cast in the pilot as himself, and the scene he was supposed to appear in would have been filmed at the Gramercy Tavern. Sadly, fate had other plans. The Gramercy had a fire the night before the scene was supposed to be shot, and Tom himself injured his leg and had to use crutches.
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