Crab Salad with Avocado and Mango
This cool and fruity crab salad by Bravo’s Top Chef Season 1 winner Harold Dieterle is garnished with lacy fried eggs. He learned to prepare eggs this way by watching street cooks in Thailand.
Crispy Pan-Fried Shrimp and Chorizo Fideo Cakes
This ingenious dish by Top Chef Season 2 winner Ilan Hall merges fideos—a Spanish classic made with toasted pasta that's cooked in stock—and Japanese grilled sticky rice cakes.
Seared Scallops with Bacon-Braised Chard
"When you learn how to cook scallops with a crisp golden crust, they're just so good," says Top Chef Season 3 winner Stephanie Izard. To help brown the scallops, she adds butter to the pan halfway through cooking. The butter and bacon that flavor the colorful chard make the dish nicely rich, a quality balanced by a fruity, slightly acidic Gewürztraminer.
Honey-Soy Sauce Chicken with Mâche-and-Citrus Salad
This dish by Curtis Stone, the Melbourne-born star of TLC's Take Home Chef, is packed with vitamin C-rich ingredients like oranges and lime.
Sesame-Crusted Tuna with Ginger Cream
Top Chef Season 4 winner Hosea Rosenberg created this quickly seared tuna recipe in 2001, when he was head chef at Boulder's Dandelion restaurant. It immediately became his dad's favorite dish. He spikes the ginger cream with Sriracha, the spicy red Thai chile sauce.
Hung's Clay Pot Rice
As a student at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Top Chef Season 3 winner Hung Huynh learned to cook with the Chinese trinity—GGS, or ginger, garlic and scallions. He uses all three here to flavor his earthy, mushroom-and-bacon-studded clay pot rice.
Baked Rigatoni with Mushrooms and Prosciutto
Unlike most pasta dishes, which are best served immediately, this baked rigatoni by Giada De Laurentiis is perfect for preparing ahead and heating just before serving. To make this recipe for 12, double it and bake it in two 9-by-13-inch baking dishes.
Creamy Ricotta Tart with Pine Nuts
"I remember watching my grandfather's sisters whipping those tarts out," Giada De Laurentiis says. "I would eat the creamy filling till I was sick."
Double-Chocolate Layer Cake
"This is the most fabulous chocolate cake that I've ever made," says Ina Garten, host of Food Network's Barefoot Contessa. "It's so easy and so moist and light. There's buttermilk and a cup of coffee in the batter! The frosting is just buttercream and a little coffee."