The Truth About Chris Viaud From Top Chef Season 18

Top Chef is back with its new season that starts April 1st, much to the delight of its fans. As reported by Oregon Live, the show's latest season is based in Portland and has a line-up of impressive chefs from diverse backgrounds. Plus, some of the most iconic names from the show are set to make a comeback this season such as judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and, Padma Lakshmi, who will be joined by a host of other impressive names.

The show was shot last year and included 15 participants. The new season is going to pay a tribute to Portland's remarkable food scene and will include special challenges such as a cooking battle at the Portland Expo Center where the participants will be seen making meals for frontline workers.

One of the participants on Top Chef is chef Chris Viaud from Milford, New Hampshire. Viaud is an experienced chef who comes armed with a solid background in the industry and is all set to give his fellow contestants a tough fight.

Chris Viaud comes from a great culinary background

Chef Chris Viaud is no stranger to the culinary space and is an entrepreneur who owns a restaurant called Greenleaf and a bakery called Culture. He comes from a family of immigrants: His parents hail from Haiti (via Manchester Ink Link). As an undergraduate student, Viaud was highly passionate about cooking and decided to pursue culinary training at Johnson & Wales University and then worked in Boston at the French eatery Deuxave, learning from some of the best names in the field such as Chris Coombs, Stefanie Bui, and Adrienne Mosier before working on his own business ventures at the age of 28. 

The chef is a big fan of local produce and often collaborates with local farms in a bid to offer his support, as per Food & Wine. Also, he is very grateful for his experience on Top Chef. In his words, "I've learned so much through the course of it [the show] and I will be forever grateful."