Gustavo Dudamel is judge on Top Chef

Gustavo Dudamel is judge on Top Chef


norman lebrecht

April 24, 2020

You couldn’t make it up:

Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2020) – Gustavo Dudamel and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic reunite in tonight’s episode of Bravo’s Top Chef, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the LA Phil. In an episode titled “Get Your Phil,” the competing chefs draw inspiration from the orchestra and work in pairs to find harmony between two flavor profiles, culminating in a meal prepared for Dudamel and members of the LA Phil at the downtown L.A. restaurant Otium.


  • Straussian says:

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  • OKC Joel says:

    Good for Gustavo – good for LA Phil.

  • Hal Hobbs says:

    Yes. You can’t make it up. What a horrible idea to have a classical music institution featured on a nationally televised, hugely popular, television show. Surely, during this pandemic, nobody will be at home to see it!

    • MezzoLover says:

      No. You can’t make it up – unless you are as creative as these young, talented and very articulate chefs. Bravo!

  • The View from America says:

    Rumor has it that LAPO musicians will also be featured on the program, dishing up Martinů’s “La Revue de Cuisine.”

  • DAVID says:

    I thought the real name of the show was “Top Chef d’Orchestre”…

  • Gus says:

    This was one of the reasons we gave up on our television 12 years ago, we did not want to watch anyone cooking a meal. We haven’t missed it.

  • RichinCA says:

    Looks like the maestro could cut down on the meals and push himself away from the table a bit sooner these days.

  • fflambeau says:

    I like it.

  • Steven says:

    Dudamel wasn’t a judge on the show. He just ate a meal and talked to the contestants.

  • I watched this last night. The faux sophistication of all involved tossing around “music words” as if they understood anything about classical music was cringe-worthy. “That ingredient was like a cello, but then it was interrupted by the 2nd violin.” What? It really stepped on my last nerve.

  • Sanda Schuldmann says:

    Perfect match for him.